Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Aug 8, 2013
    100
    Ms. Bell, who plays Carol with a perfect blend of diffidence, goofiness and charm, has written and directed an insightful comedy that is much more complex and ambitious than it sometimes seems.
  2. Reviewed by: Amanda May Meyncke
    Apr 23, 2013
    95
    In a World… is pretty much a perfect movie, chock full of fun, endless laughter, realistic love and that all-important magical movie ingredient — originality.
  3. Reviewed by: Katie Walsh
    Apr 23, 2013
    91
    While the film is hysterical, its real strength lies in the way it is able to deal with an issue like sexism in the industry and work it out in a funny, honest and very real way.
  4. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Apr 23, 2013
    90
    To call Lake Bell a magnetic, intelligent, blithely screwball leading lady in the Carole Lombard tradition might be selling her short. With In a World… , a rollicking laffer about the cutthroat voiceover biz in Los Angeles, she proves herself a comedy screenwriter to be reckoned with.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Aug 29, 2013
    88
    A clever, likable comedy that sends up sexism, satirizes Hollywood, examines family ties and features a surprisingly tender romance at its core.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Aug 22, 2013
    88
    It’s not only a fresh and funny spoof of the movie business, it represents a real-life triumph within it.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Aug 15, 2013
    88
    Before this movie, Lake Bell seemed to have a nice and comfortable career path ahead of her. She was an actress who always provided a spark, whether the vehicle was mundane or first-rate. Now, she’s a name that provokes keen anticipation. Can’t wait to see what Lake Bell the filmmaker does next.
  8. Reviewed by: Adam Nayman
    Aug 15, 2013
    88
    A pitch-perfect comedy.
  9. Reviewed by: Odie Henderson
    Aug 9, 2013
    88
    This is a very good movie and perfect summer counterprogramming.
  10. Reviewed by: Mark Kermode
    Sep 15, 2013
    80
    A cameo from Geena Davis is particularly tart, and all the better for it.
  11. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    Sep 10, 2013
    80
    Bell goes easy on the preaching and heavy on the laughs without losing her feminist message.
  12. Reviewed by: Ali Gray
    Sep 9, 2013
    80
    Sweet, witty and exquisitely observed, In A World... sees the emergence of an exciting talent: any agents looking for a new triple threat should ring that Bell.
  13. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Aug 14, 2013
    80
    The world Bell creates in In a World ... is so agreeable and inviting you’ll enjoy the visit.
  14. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Aug 8, 2013
    80
    In a World… stands as a very entertaining first crack at what one can only hope will be a long career behind the camera. That is where it seems the actress can truly make her mark.
  15. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Aug 8, 2013
    80
    The deliriously talented Lake Bell wrote, produced, directed and stars in this peculiar bit of comedy magic, set amid the cutthroat world of Hollywood voiceover artists.
  16. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 8, 2013
    80
    It’s hard to imagine the lives behind the voices that are part of the movies. But In a World ..., the debut feature from actress-turned-writer-director Lake Bell, not only gives the people who do movie voice-overs a closeup, it savvily and wittily uses what we hear as a metaphor for what we are.
  17. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Aug 6, 2013
    80
    Bell captures the insularity of certain professional pockets of Hollywood, with all their petty rivalries and backstabbing. But she's sharpest in her exploration of what makes women desire success, and what prevents them from getting it.
  18. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Apr 23, 2013
    80
    A lively, sometimes very funny comedy.
  19. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Aug 21, 2013
    78
    An ambitious comedy with not-negligible dramatic depth, but Bell, a first-time feature writer and director, is frankly too generous with her large cast.
  20. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Aug 30, 2013
    75
    In fact, Bell the writer, director, producer and actress knows how to set a savvy trap. While we're laughing, she pulls the rug out, making us see Carol's world as a microcosm for the world every working woman lives in. That she does it with subtlety, humor and touching gravity marks Bell as a filmmaker to watch.
  21. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Aug 22, 2013
    75
    Bell does a fantastic job of telling a thoroughly feminist story without being strident or didactic.
  22. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Aug 15, 2013
    75
    In a World . . . is a lot of fun, reflecting Bell’s own obvious love of piquant paradox and the music of the spoken word. But it also has a sharply observant streak that makes it as nourishing as it is endearingly nutty.
  23. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Aug 15, 2013
    75
    In addition to being very funny, In a World . . . also makes a case for women to be, well, heard. But in terms of cohesion and narrative, it doesn’t quite come together as a movie.
  24. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Aug 15, 2013
    75
    For starters, it's a movie to make you happy to see the next movie written, directed and starring Lake Bell. She has an engaging presence and has a distinct comic sensibility.
  25. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Aug 9, 2013
    75
    My own voice-over would go something like this: “This summer. One woman. Will see this movie. Again.”
  26. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Aug 7, 2013
    67
    The movie actually does feature a world — the insular voiceover world — and whenever it strays, it falters.
  27. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Aug 22, 2013
    63
    Its flimsy plot can’t quite support all the characters stuffed into the script, and the movie plays out in a weirdly static way that makes it feel improvised and uneven, leaving a few too much time during which nothing funny is happening.
  28. Reviewed by: Oscar Moralde
    Jul 26, 2013
    63
    Lake Bell holds the thing together through sheer charisma, and in fact the foibles of the movie only start to show when she absents herself for extended stretches of time.
  29. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Aug 8, 2013
    60
    The film is often a rough, searching, unfocused piece of work, but at a minimum, it affirms Bell as a talent to watch both as an actress and a writer-director, one with a strong, developing comedic sensibility.
  30. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Aug 6, 2013
    60
    With so many ideas to work with, why does Bell infantilize her elsewhere-confident main character as yet another disheveled woman-child?
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 5 out of 15
  1. Feb 2, 2014
    2
    Pretentious. In a World is a movie involving a universe where every successful person in the film industry happens to be a jew without exception. A film filled with endlessly annoying characters whom are constantly arguing, talking over one another, and fellating themselves as self made gods. This elitist film should come with a warning. The hypocrisy is overwhelming considering the underlying message of inclusivity. Only Jews Are Welcome would have made for a more accurate title. Full Review »
  2. Aug 9, 2013
    8
    Using the oft overlooked world of voice-over as a backdrop, Bell has delivered a film that is an important social satire without the snobbish condescension which that designation may imply.

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  3. May 3, 2014
    7
    A perfect little movie with the good cast and performances. Many experienced actors taking chances in direction field and most of them had tasted the success. Good story won't do everything, managing cast, crew and the locations are the key to bright best out of them. It was not a smash hit movie, but Lake Bell should be proud and happy for carving a movie like this in her first attempt as a director. She really did a wonderful job here in all the three departments, including as a writer and in a lead role.

    Well, when it comes to the concept, it was simple as well good enough to entertain the audience. The movie was about the dubbing artists, especially who render their voice for the movie promos. As far I remember in those movies I had watched I never saw a story belong to people from this field, it was first. So that might a another reason the movie to cause interest in me.

    The movie revolves the story of father-daughter relationship. A father who never stood for her and a daughter who fought hard to claim a better position in life. Apart from these two, subplots like romance and relationship between two sisters played a crucial role in the movie's main plot. Well materializes from the women's perspective and their issues in the world of men. A woman oriented movie that can deliver inspiration for many.

    6.5/10
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