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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
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  1. 100
    It's a remarkable, thoughtful achievement that will make you want to watch it twice. You should.
  2. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    This intelligent, engaging indie sets out to find a few answers and in the process introduces a clutch of interesting, very human characters.
  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. The segments are introduced with little clichés or homilies, like "Ignorance Is Bliss," but the fierce intelligence of the script reminds us that sometimes a cliché is the only way to express the ineffable.
  5. 70
    It starts slowly, but this contemplative drama's cumulative effect is genuinely haunting.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    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
    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