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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    A pitch-perfect comedy.
  9. Reviewed by: Odie Henderson
    Aug 9, 2013
    This is a very good movie and perfect summer counterprogramming.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 66 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 5 out of 16
  1. Feb 14, 2014
    This film is completely destroyed by its painfully "quirky" sense of humor that deflates any points it tries to make about sexism and gender equality, and the main character is pretty much a copy of Frances Ha with all the charm and depth removed. Full Review »
  2. Feb 2, 2014
    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 »
  3. Sep 3, 2013
    Bell has a future writing bad sitcoms for television, as that is what this movie felt like to me. People do not converse normally and although it had a few laughs, most fell flat for me. As an example, the conversation between the neighbor who needs to borrow the shower (she had plumbing problems) and Gary had me moaning it was so unrealistic and silly and LONG. Still, I did think the acting was good throughout and the pacing was good. If you hate silly madcap TV sitcoms, you won't like this movie. Full Review »