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  • Summary: Five contemporary stories weaved together into a single tale that examines the dramatic impact people have on one another. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 100
    The movie is brilliant, really. It is philosophy, illustrated through everyday events. Most movies operate as if their events are necessary--that B must follow A. "13 Conversations" betrays B, A and all the other letters as random possibilities.
  2. 90
    By the time Sprecher's skeins, set forth in 13 related episodes, come together, we've got as clear a view of the big picture as we got assembling the elements of "Nashville," "Lantana" or "Magnolia".
  3. Demands the utmost concentration, for to look away from the screen for even a brief moment is to risk losing a plot line or a crucial bit of information, but its cumulative, transporting impact makes it worth the effort. Above all, it has an overwhelming sense of reality atypical of the American cinema.
  4. What's exciting is that the Sprechers have delved into territory that is normally the domain of literature and have emerged with a film that's neither overly literary nor simplistic.
  5. 70
    It starts slowly, but this contemplative drama's cumulative effect is genuinely haunting.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    67
    For a movie about happiness, Thirteen Conversations is terribly joyless. Thirteen Conversations tries hard and its ambitions are provocative, but its conversations often fall like that Zen tree in the forest.
  7. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    40
    Writer-director Jill Sprecher doesn't have the deftness or sad humour that P. T. Anderson uses in his similarly contrived group portraits, but the cast are, at least, individually fine.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29