New York Times - 04/23/2004
"Any movie that telegraphs its fondness for its cast automatically has something going for it that is rare in contemporary comedy..."
Los Angeles Times - 04/23/2004
"Garner has moxie to go with her jumping muscles. She also has expert support in her equally attractive costars Mark Ruffalo, as her former neighbor, and Judy Greer, as her current sidekick."
Entertainment Weekly - 05/01/2004
"Move over, Julia Roberts. Jennifer Garner has a smile that's a big, lush, wide-screen dazzler....13 GOING ON 30 is the rare commercial comedy that leaves you entranced by what can happen only in the movies."
USA Today - 05/07/2004
"Talented at physical comedy, Garner has the all-elbows-and-knees feel of an adolescent and effectively conveys a goofy innocence."
Sight and Sound - 09/01/2004
"A winsome fairy tale about growing up too fast..."
Uncut - 09/01/2004
"[I]t has a few shrewdly funny scenes....You'll chuckle..."
Rolling Stone - 02/23/2006
"[S]urprisingly smart and sharp..."
After Jenna Rink's 13th birthday party where her friend Lucy plays a cruel prank on her, she promptly makes a wish that she could skip adolescence and be 30. With the help of some wish dust given to her by her unpopular best friend Matty, her wish comes true. She wakes up to find that her 13-year-old self is now inhabiting the body--and life--of a 30-year-old, high-powered, New York magazine editor. Frightened by her new adult life, Jenna (Jennifer Garner) seeks the help of Matty (Mark Ruffalo), but he hasn't spoken to her since high school. Unfortunately, as she uncovers the details of the time she skipped, she learns that perhaps she hasn't made the best decisions.
Similar to the 1988 Tom Hanks vehicle BIG, 13 GOING ON 30 benefits from the undeniable appeal of Garner, who amusingly exudes the awkwardness and energy of a teenager. Meanwhile copious '80s pop culture references, an energetic soundtrack, and vibrant colors provide instant, foolproof nostalgia. Director Gary Winick (TADPOLE) has crafted an undeniably fun picture for any age or gender.
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