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The Fear of 13

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David Sington

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About the Movie

Part confessional and part performance, this haunting psychological thriller is a stylistically daring experiment in storytelling. Nick, a death row inmate, petitions the court to be executed. As he goes on to tell his story, it gradually becomes clear that nothing is quite what it seems. Nick spins his tale with all the twists and turns of classic crime drama, with a final shocking twist that casts everything in a new light.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 13
  • Fresh: 12
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "The Fear of 13" is the classic stranger-than-fiction scenario, but it's also a testament to the power of storytelling, which can make the truth sound like embellishment. – Scott Tobias, Variety, Mar 29, 2016

Fresh: This is virtuoso film-making only partially let down by its artifice. – Geoffrey Macnab, Independent (UK), Nov 13, 2015

Fresh: A ripping yarn, a fascinating character. – David Jenkins, Little White Lies, Nov 13, 2015

Fresh: The Fear of 13 is riveting and that's mainly due to its extraordinary subject. – Ed Potton, Times (UK), Nov 12, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Really interesting!

His story is truly incredible and it's hard to think this can happen to people (without giving away spoilers). I really enjoyed this and was surprised how good his story telling was. I am envious of how he was able to read so many books in his solitude. I know 99% of what he went through was terrible and he while I don't want to put words in his mouth he would probably give anything to get all of that time back. But while it is no comparison, I sometimes wish I could be left alone with no responsibility and could spend all of my time reading, reading anything and everything I wanted to read. He has accomplished a lot and in fact more than some people. In the end, the justice system needs an overhaul.

Huge let down.

I've never watched a movie with such competely "misguided" reviews. This isn't what I was expecting AT ALL, and that's not meant to sound like a good thing. Guy goes to prison; guy discusses his life story. There are NO twists or turns; no shocking revelations; no thrilling moment of suspense. Literally, just a dude in a chair discussing what it was like for him in jail. 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes is rather puzzling. The whole time I waited for "the other shoe to drop" and it simply just ends without anything strange about it at all. In short, this was a bust.

Genius film, steady pace true story

Just hit play and take the journey - ignore the silly comments of the few, ignore reviews or trailers too... If you like incredible true stories this one isn't even that long... It'll win you over... As will he...

The Fear of 13
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2016

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