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Thirteen - (S01E05)


After thirteen years held captive by her kidnapper, Ivy Moxam escapes. Piecing back together the version of family life that existed before is no easy task.

Episode Title: Episode 5
Airs: 2016-03-27 at
  • Daniel D'Addario

    Switching from subdued to rageful, actor Jodie Comer convinces you both Ivy's fears and her feral side.

    Time Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    The pacing, the writing, the directing all contribute to making Thirteen seem unusually fresh within the framework of a familiar story, but there's no getting around the fact that Comer, as Ivy, absolutely seizes the opportunity here to be daring.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    For a crime story it is unusually gentle and generous toward its characters; it is not cynical or despairing--indeed, it is in the end a love story, or rather, several interlocking love stories set in contrast to the pathological mockery of one.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    Ms. Comer delivers a compelling portrayal as Ivy, who, even in the grip of terror, projects an air of dangerousness. She’s fragile, but has also developed a core of steel—her experience has made her tough, as she shows throughout the five episodes of this thriller entirely worthy of the name.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Fans of British drama will appreciate the detail and nuance with which creator and writer Marnie Dickens explores the subject and characters. And don't relax too much into the apparent familiarity. Thirteen takes white-knuckle turns that elevate it from the expected.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Comer’s performance--as a 26-year-old stunted as a 13-year-old--is beautiful. She can be endearing, mystifying and aggravating, sometimes in the same moment. She’ll keep you coming back to a mystery that grows darker with every revelation.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The performances of the entire cast of Thirteen, and by Comer in particular, counterbalance many but not all of the weak spots in the over-plotted script.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ariana Bacle

    Thirteen is an occasionally horrifying, mostly captivating look at how a woman tries to grow up after not having the chance to. [24 Jun 2016, p.53]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Effective as a thriller until its predictably over-the-top climax, Thirteen is even better as a character study of an emotionally fragile, needy and enigmatic young woman trying to regain her sense of self as she tests all of the relationships in her new world. [20-26 Jun 2016, p.17]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Gwen Ihnat

    An intriguing miniseries could be made about Stockholm syndrome, but this isn’t it. Instead, it’s just a pale, murky example of how an artistic surface can’t gloss over an unconvincing foundation of plot and characters underneath.

    The A.V. Club Full Review