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91
Entertainment Weekly
The rare commercial comedy that leaves you entranced by what can happen only in the movies.
88
Premiere
Nearly perfect in its own cotton-candy way.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
The possibilities of Jenna's confusion are exploited for full comic effect. Garner, who turns out to be a charming, abandoned comedian, makes Jenna's incredulousness and innocence very funny and occasionally even touching.
75
Amusing, charming and pleasantly nostalgic.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
While 13 Going on 30 is too formulaic to sustain the delicacy of emotion that gave "Big" its appeal, it has tour-de-farce moments that made screenwriters Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa's "What Women Want" such a monster hit.
75
New York Daily News
An unexpected pleasure, a buoyant comedy that will make you feel young again.
75
ReelViews
Solidly entertaining.
75
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The lanky action star of the cult television series "Alias" is assigned a tired playbook in this film, but she finds room to manoeuvre in a performance that exceeds expectations.
70
Wall Street Journal
Isn't the best romantic comedy one might wish for, but it's more than good enough.
70
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.
63
Miami Herald
Garner may be a study in butt-kicking intensity on TV's Alias, but here, she's an engaging comic performer who more than carries her share of what is essentially an unoriginal, mostly average film.

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