A good caper film has to bring the audience along. We might not understand why the characters did what they did until all becomes clear at the end, but part of the bargain is that it does become clear at the end. And that's one place Ocean's Thirteen falls a bit short. It assumes too much background from Eleven and, especially, Twelve. (If you don't recognize Francois Tolour, having the camera follow him without any sort of introduction won't make much sense). There are extraneous bits that muddy the waters. (Why did the building keep shaking? Why foment a lockout at the maquiladora?) And some important twists, such as the FBI agent's identity, lacked adequate foreshadowing.
I also found myself missing the tightly-written dialog from Eleven. The dialog in this film is serviceable, but in Eleven it sparkled.
Finally, some plot twists just weren't consistent with how we'd expect the characters to behave. For example, if Willy Bank is so ruthless--the film hints he's even more dangerous than Terry Benedict--would Danny Ocean really be so overt?
Overall: three stars. Better than the Rat Pack's Ocean's 11, but not up to the quality of the 2001 Ocean's Eleven.