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Generally favorable reviews- based on 60 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 44 out of 60
  2. Negative: 9 out of 60

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  1. 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. Expand
  2. 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.
  3. 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. Expand
  4. Sep 3, 2013
    When was the last time you heard a female voice over on a trailer for a coming attraction? Okay, let’s go for an easier question like when was the last time you saw a film with a father who is a male chauvinist whose thinks daughters should be seen and not heard? How about an easier question like when was the last time you saw a film starring a person who also, wrote and directed that film? Did you think it was a vanity production or that person couldn’t find anyone better to do any of the 3 jobs or possibly they couldn’t afford to pay someone?

    “In The World...” stars Lake Bell as Carol, her debut feature as a writer and director and who has played secondary roles in movies and television. In this film she explores the world of voice overs and the people, mainly men, who make a living at that job. Carol finds herself in competition with her father Sam (Fred Melamed) who has recently taken over the mantle as the man with the best voice after the recent star Don LaFontaine has passed away and Gustav Werner (Ken Marino) his prodigy. Carol, who had been living with her father, has to move in with her sister Dani (Michaela Watkins) and brother-in-law Gary (Rob Corddry) because dad has moved in his much younger, and supposedly ditzy, girlfriend Jamie (Alexander Holden) while let’s not forget the guy Louis (Demetri Martin) that is pining after Carol and, of course, is the last to know it.

    There is no faulting Lake Bell as an actress as she comes across trained to be a loser but endearing to all, including the audience. As the screenplay writer she tries to cover too much ground in a 93 minutes film but it is as a director that she makes too many mistakes with uncalled for dark shots, holding the camera on the wrong person in many scenes and not focusing the story with her actors. There is a lot going on here besides the father-daughters situation, the competition, sister and husband having a marital crisis, Carol getting unnecessarily involved with Gustave, the lack of good jobs for women in an industry that exploits them plus showing Carol giving voice lessons to various actresses including Eva Longoria. It is very seldom that I have seen a bad performance by an actor---hey, I liked Russell Crowe in “Les Miserables”!--in a film and there isn’t one here.

    The main fault of “In a World...” is that it takes 90 minutes in a 93 minute film to get to the payoff and getting there is very slow and unfunny though those last 3 minutes are touching.
  5. Apr 2, 2014
    Just wrote this to get the score down, because this is probably one of the few movies I don't agree with the critics. Watched this movie like 2 weeks ago and can't seem to remember much of it, this tells me this movie isn't all that great... If you like your movies sci fi and a lot of action don't watch this movie, it really just bored me...

    Just my opinion

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: Mark Kermode
    Sep 15, 2013
    A cameo from Geena Davis is particularly tart, and all the better for it.
  2. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    Sep 10, 2013
    Bell goes easy on the preaching and heavy on the laughs without losing her feminist message.
  3. Reviewed by: Ali Gray
    Sep 9, 2013
    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.