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74
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  • 80
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It takes a while for this oddball film -- a mosaic of stories in the style of "Magnolia" -- to take hold, but when it does, it grabs you hard. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Mostly this elegant little film is a case study in the inconsistency of thoughts and feelings. Here, moralists break commandments, intellectuals act emotionally, and cynics have moments of idealism. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 88
    Loren King Boston Globe

    Resonates with intelligence and a poignancy made more sorrowful by what happened to all of us, but especially to New Yorkers, on that terrible day. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Nothing fantastic or supernatural ever happens, but you can still feel cosmic forces at work behind the scenes, conspiring to repeatedly test the movie's characters, doling out reward and punishment in equal doses. show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Smart, serious and deftly composed, New York director Jill Sprecher's jigsaw anthology film, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, is the kind of work you want to applaud just for its ambitions. show more

  • 75
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    Avoids pretension by never trying to be more than it is -- an acknowledgment that things frequently are not as bad as they seem. That's a concept that deserves a little spreading. show more

  • 63
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Seems afraid to cut loose in the manner of Robert Altman or Paul Thomas Anderson, so this labor of love suffers from an overly earnest and morose tone. Which, given the cast in Thirteen Conversations, is a real shame. show more

  • May 02, 2010 drarthurwells
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    Intertwining human drama stories, well done in all departments. Entertaining though some loose ends remain at the end.

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