Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 22
  2. Negative: 9 out of 22
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  1. Well acted and crisply directed, this latest version can at least make a claim to competence.
  2. Things become almost too strange and convoluted to handle. The story's dramatic effectiveness starts to seriously malfunction. The fascinating and the mysterious become the silly and occasionally comical.
  3. 60
    A solid, interesting B-movie, in another season it would seem a good deal fresher.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    60
    Comes too late, far surpassed by similar and more visually stunning devices in "The Matrix," and even by the mind-bending realities of "eXistenZ."
  5. No-one's-home acting by Bierko and Mol doesn't help, while the talented D'Onofrio ("The End of the World") and Mueller-Stahl (a veteran of European pictures) are better than the material.
  6. 50
    Despite earnest performances by Mueller-Stahl, Bierko, Mol and Vincent d'Onofrio (in the duel role of a programmer and a VR bartender), the movie feels like a bit of a rehash.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Terry Gilliam's “12 Monkeys” can teach The Thirteenth Floor a little something about how to have fun with time travel. And with one number less. [28 May 1999, Life, p.7E]
  8. There is a very good movie stuck somewhere on The Thirteenth Floor trying to get out. Too bad this isn't it.
  9. Darkly elegant cinematography helps compensate for awful dialogue and lackluster acting.
  10. 50
    Rusnak, who was the second-unit director of "Godzilla," brings plenty of style to this ambitious yet utterly anticlimactic thumb-sucker.
  11. Repackaged as cyberthriller, the old time-travel adventure returns in this stylish but overplotted and ultimately illogical combination of science fiction, mystery and romance.
  12. For all the soaring visual splendor of its past, present and future, it's hobbled by a murky plot that proves to be not all that original once it starts unraveling.
  13. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    40
    The fourth best virtual reality film of 1999. The best is "The Matrix". The second best is "eXistenZ". The third best, well, there's got to be something better than this.
  14. Let's just say that not revealing this film's idiotic intricacies would be like not divulging that the fish is rotten lest the news spoil the surprise of food poisoning. [28 May 1999, Friday, p.A]
  15. 38
    The Thirteenth Floor shows what can happen when film makers fail to recognize that they need more than a concept to establish a full-length motion picture.
  16. 30
    Between the 12th floor and the 14th floor, boredom awaits!
  17. 30
    Fumbles on so many levels it's just plain silly. To paraphrase the film's tagline: The Thirteenth Floor: You can go there, but why would you want to?
  18. It'll make you cyberlaugh, it'll make you cybercry, just like cyberlife -- One thing is certain: your boredom
  19. Reviewed by: M. V. Moorhead
    30
    It doesn't help that the special effects aren't spectacular, the pace is numbing, and Bierko is an even less mesmerizing presence than Keanu Reeves.
  20. Another virtual-reality SF movie -- and you're not likely to care.
  21. Reviewed by: Staff (not credited)
    25
    So what is real? Only the boredom of the audience as the film collapses from one meaningless false-bottom environment to the next.
  22. 10
    Offers no perverse philosophical conundrums and no eye-popping visuals. It's a dull, lifeless bore.
User Score
3.0

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Feb 22, 2013
    9
    The Thirteenth Floor was Columbia Pictures answer to the Matrix and is based on the award winning 1964 Sci-Fi novel, Simulacron 3 by DanielThe Thirteenth Floor was Columbia Pictures answer to the Matrix and is based on the award winning 1964 Sci-Fi novel, Simulacron 3 by Daniel Galouye. I have known about this movie for a long time, but was always hesitant to see it, because when something like this appears in theaters 6 months after a groundbreaking film like the Matrix, you fully expect it to be a complete rip off. I was sitting at home flipping through the channels and saw the Matrix on, but I didn't wanna see it for the millionth time and decided to see if the Thirteenth Floor was streaming and sure it enough it was, and what a terrific story it turned out to be! In the year 2000, scientists have found a way to transfer a persons consciousness into a fully interactive computer program which has the potential to replace video games. The creator however has discovered a major problem with the system and is found dead. The second in charge of the project soon learns the answer to this brutal murder appears in the simulator, which is a replica of 1937. The story is absolutely ingenious and I loved how the film jumps between present day and the 1930s, it was like watching two stories at once that you knew would eventually come together. Craig Bierko stars in what turns out to be one of his few leading roles and he's just terrific. I remember him as the bad guy in the Long Kiss Goodnight and I thought he was great then, and he's great now. To make the cast even stronger, they take the intense Bierko and pair him with Law Order's Vincent D'Onofrio, who is quite possibly the most intense actor in Hollywood. To top the whole thing off, this movie has a huge twist in the end, a twist that will make a lot of people wonder about the true nature of their own reality. The Thirteenth Floor is a fresh story with an amazing cast that will make you think, movies like this don't come along as often as they should! Full Review »
  2. Jan 30, 2011
    4
    Unbelievably nonchalant in it's approach to existence and has none of the power exhibited by 'The Lawnmower Man'. It's simply uninspiring andUnbelievably nonchalant in it's approach to existence and has none of the power exhibited by 'The Lawnmower Man'. It's simply uninspiring and feels like a real cold attempt at being daring or unique. All I could understand was how sarcastic this idea felt and that how the director has made a film that is inconsiderate to audience expectations. There is so little intelligence, flair or creativity on show that the good visuals are undermined. 40/100 Full Review »
  3. Aug 22, 2011
    10
    Excellent sci-fi film, its ideas pre-date The Matrix and Inception. Multi-level reality and simulated worlds. I really liked this film, alsoExcellent sci-fi film, its ideas pre-date The Matrix and Inception. Multi-level reality and simulated worlds. I really liked this film, also the 1937 setting is excellent and well done. Full Review »