Thirteen Days Synopsis
Americans and Soviets teeter on the brin
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Fascinating in its depiction of presidential leadership in action.
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100

Baltimore Sun

By Chris Kaltenbach
A terrifically engrossing war film in which not a single shot is fired, a movie about shaping events rather than being shaped by them.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A big, square, rousing political thriller docudrama.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
An excellent movie about a real-life nail-biter, forcefully acted, true to its period and directed with clarity.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Desmond Ryan
A deeply involving and disturbing movie.
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
It turns the nerve-fraying Cuban missile crisis into a big pop myth with the grip of a vise.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Even though the actors are good, their characters stay stock.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
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...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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...
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65

Mr. Showbiz

By Michael Atkinson
Assiduous, temperate, and a lot more honest about government and politicians than any other Hollywood film of the last few decades,...
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Rated PG-13
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Superb film about Cuban missile crisis, best for older kids.
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