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Based on 31 Reviews
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  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Fascinating in its depiction of presidential leadership in action. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Once this 2 1/4-hour slow-starter finally finds its rhythm, we're reminded of how gripping policy give-and-take around a long rectangular table can be. show more

  • 75
    Desmond Ryan Philadelphia Inquirer

    A deeply involving and disturbing movie. show more

  • 88
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    An excellent movie about a real-life nail-biter, forcefully acted, true to its period and directed with clarity. show more

  • 65
    Michael Atkinson Mr. Showbiz

    Assiduous, temperate, and a lot more honest about government and politicians than any other Hollywood film of the last few decades, Thirteen Days is nevertheless too little, too late. show more

  • 100
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    A terrifically engrossing war film in which not a single shot is fired, a movie about shaping events rather than being shaped by them. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    I call the movie a thriller, even though the outcome is known, because it plays like one: We may know that the world doesn't end, but the players in this drama don't, and it is easy to identify with them. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Even though the actors are good, their characters stay stock. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The subject is so gripping that you almost forgive the filmmakers for skewing their material in order to keep Costner's pretty face at the center of everything that happens. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Plays like a very good TV movie. Short on visual flair and starpower, Thirteen Days is not the definitive story of the Cuban missile crisis, but it's an engrossing historical lesson nonetheless. show more

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