Reviewed bylaurendaughertyVote: 9/10/10
This movie is very real. It's depressing too, because the situationsthe characters face are so familiar. The cast is fantastic. True talentis shown by the way the characters' complex personalities are so easilyunderstood. The mother's situation is one that so many mothers canrelate to. She glances away for just a moment - a moment that slipsright past her when she wasn't paying full attention. Almost overnightit's as if her daughter has become a completely different person. It isan eye-opener for all parents of young teenage girls. My overallmood/feeling after watching it reminded me of how I felt after Iwatched The Basketball Diaries. Super-real.....no sugar-coated fluff inthis film. I thought it was excellent - both informative &well-written.
Reviewed byRoger MooreVote: 5/5/10
It's a Kids for a new generation of the too-young -to-be-this -messed up.
Reviewed byBill MullerVote: 4/5/10
Although it borders on exploitation in several places, Thirteen packs an emotional wallop.
At the edge of adolescence, Tracy is a smart straight-A student--if not a little naive (it seems...she smokes and she cuts to alleviate the emotional pain she suffers from having a broken home and hating her mom's boyfriend, Brady.) When she befriends Evie, the most popular and beautiful girl in school, Evie leads Tracy down a path of sex, drugs and petty crime (like stealing money from purses and from stores). As Tracy transforms herself and her identity, her world becomes a boiling, emotional cauldron fueled by new tensions between her and her mother--as well as, teachers and old friends.