• 91
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
    The rare commercial comedy that leaves you entranced by what can happen only in the movies.
  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews
    Solidly entertaining.
  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter
    Does a good job of reviving stale material. Thanks to a snappy script by Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa and an effervescent performance by Jennifer Garner, this romantic comedy has a buoyant personality.
  • 70
    Joe Leydon Variety
    A star vehicle composed of second-hand parts that nevertheless gets great mileage (and big laughs) from its recycled plot.
  • 50
    Keith Phipps The A.V. Club
    Cheers and many happy returns to Garner as she makes her first starring film role. She's the real deal. But jeers to every other aspect of 13 Going On 30.
  • 50
    Village Voice
    Anyway, the thirtysomething in me was all, gag me with a spoon, but the kid in me was like, this movie's rad to the max.
  • 50
    Scott Foundas L.A. Weekly
    The director of 13 Going on 30, Gary Winick, was unable to infuse this material with either the sustained screwball cadences of his earlier "Tadpole" or an emotional resonance comparable to that of his superb "The Tic Code."
  • 50
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune
    Plays like it was made by people who are 30 going on 13. The movie is as flighty and mixed up as the adolescent girl at its center.
  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor
    You won't find a load of laughs in 13 Going on 30, but there's plenty of whimsy, which is a close cousin of genuine humor.
  • 40
    Robert Wilonsky Dallas Observer
    What could have been an engaging, maybe even enlightening story about the unfairly high price a woman pays for conducting herself like a man winds up as nothing more than a worthless, harmless and ultimately charmless piffle.