Glancing through all these reviews we have two sides to this film. We have those who think this film was a revelation, that it realisticaly depicted the harsh side of teen drug addiction and reckless behavior, well this audience obviously hasn't seen "KIDS," "GUMMO," or "L.I.E." These films shock the mind and the senses with their graphic depictions of sex, drugs and violence and their disturbingly real camera work. Thirteen was neither of these.
We also have those who thought this film was an absolute waste of two hours. That it was not. While it was not a marvel to behold, it was not horrible crap either. It holds it's own, unfortunately the hype made it something it was not.
While Evan Rachel Wood's performance was powerful and beautifully layered the film seemed like a cross between 90210 and MTV. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy the film for what it was worth, but it definitely wasn't worth the hype it received.
The film does have many strong points. Evan Rachel Wood, and ofcourse the amazing Holly Hunter. It was co-written by Nikki Reed, who also stars in the film, a young girl who really lived through a similar situation. Although the storyline seems real the dialogue sometimes comes off as less than creative. I can't put my finger on it, but I do think I would have enjoyed the film for what it was worth if it didn't receive such phenomenal hype, and I think half the reviewers agree...you might too.