A tense, paranoid nightmare with a chilly metaphysical overview has been trampled into a blustering, bad cartoon.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
[A] half-hearted redundancy, which often looks and sounds like something Charles Bronson paid bills with in 1979.
Michael Atkinson - Village Voice
A starry cast and glossier production values simply work against the black-and-white original's strengths in this stillborn thriller.
Dennis Harvey - Variety
"13'' is Gela Babluani's American remake of his successful 2005 Georgian-language film "13 Tzameti.'' He should have left well enough alone.
V.A. Musetto - New York Post
Gela Babluani's English-language remake of his French debut loses the source's gritty, mysterious gloom.
John DeFore - Hollywood Reporter
The anticlimactic final half hour, which is capped off with an oddly (and needless) downbeat finish, cements the film's place as a curiously half-baked piece of work...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
A one-trick movie, with prefab suspense but also prefab plotting to undercut said suspense.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Despite a big, Hollywood budget allowing for a more grisly and more graphic, high attrition-rate adventure, this disappointing remake somehow still adds up to less. Rent the original.
Kam Williams - AALBC.com
This is a lumpy, dumb, suspenseless thing that sometimes scarcely feels finished.
Alison Willmore - Movieline
Making a film about the cutthroat world of Russian Roulette is a little like making a gambling thriller about the card game War.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
It's not quite the disastrous remake it could've been; however, by changing so little, Babluani has made the same mistakes all over again.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Reinforces the popular notion that remakes are essentially low-reaching affairs that result from a lack of ideas.
Rob Humanick - Slant Magazine
Aside from some character-defining flashbacks, a godawful score and sweat-enhancing color photography, it's the same movie as before -- a divertingly tense yet superficial time-waster.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out