Thirteen

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Fox Searchlight Released 2003

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Director:
Catherine Hardwicke
Released:
2003
Rating:
R
Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, Thirteen tells the story of Tracy Louise Freeland (Evan Rachel Wood), a thirteen-year-old girl living in Los Angeles coping with the struggles of teenage life. When Tracy is made fun of at school for her less than fashionable clothing, she pleads her recovering alcoholic mother Melanie (Holly Hunter) to get her nicer clothing. Melanie obliges, and Tracy finds her way into the social circle of the popular girls in school. She meets Evie Zamora (Nikki Reed) and the two bond when they steal a wallet and go on a shopping spree. Tracy and Evie begin exploring with drugs and become more sexually active. Unhappy with her newfound popularity and still reeling from her mother's divorce, Tracy cuts herself as a way to deal with the stress. Tracy's downward spiral becomes apparent to Melanie, and she is sent to live with her foster mother Brooke (Deborah Kara Unger). Brooke, Melanie, and Evie stage an intervention, and Melanie discovers Tracy's habitual cutting. Also starring Jeremy Sisto, Brady Corbet, and D.W. Moffett, Thirteen was a critical and box office success upon release.moreless

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    Isn't in league with the Nicholas Ray classic ("Rebel Without a Cause"), but in its ferocious energy and lead performances it's many cuts above most big-screen soap operas.

  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Deliberately unvarnished shock piece designed to give pause to anyone with a daughter approaching teenhood.

  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Ms. Wood's performance bounces with mood swings from anxiety to exhilaration in a movie with moments so realistically painted that your eyes will sting from the fumes.

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    Love & Romance, Family Dramas, Coming of Age