• Released
  • May 28, 1999
  • R , 2 hr 0 min
  • Suspense/Thriller
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Well acted and crisply directed, this latest version can at least make a claim to competence.
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Despite earnest performances by Mueller-Stahl, Bierko, Mol and Vincent d'Onofrio (in the duel role of a programmer and a VR bartender), the movie feels like a bit of a rehash.
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San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
No-one's-home acting by Bierko and Mol doesn't help, while the talented D'Onofrio ("The End of the World") and Mueller-Stahl (a veteran of European pictures) are better than the material.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
There is a very good movie stuck somewhere on The Thirteenth Floor trying to get out. Too bad this isn't it.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Darkly elegant cinematography helps compensate for awful dialogue and lackluster acting.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
Terry Gilliam's “12 Monkeys” can teach The Thirteenth Floor a little something about how to have fun with time travel. And with one number less. [28 May 1999, Life, p.7E]
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Film Threat

By Ron Wells
The fourth best virtual reality film of 1999. The best is "The Matrix". The second best is "eXistenZ". The third best, well, there's got to be something better than this.
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Chicago Tribune

By Barbara Shulgasser
Let's just say that not revealing this film's idiotic intricacies would be like not divulging that the fish is rotten lest the news spoil the surprise of food poisoning. [28 May 1999, Friday, p.A]
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By James Berardinelli
The Thirteenth Floor shows what can happen when film makers fail to recognize that they need more than a concept to establish a full-length motion picture.
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Entertainment Weekly

So what is real? Only the boredom of the audience as the film collapses from one meaningless false-bottom environment to the next.
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36 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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