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6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 72 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 72
  2. Negative: 11 out of 72
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  1. Feb 14, 2014
    1
    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.
  2. 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 thePretentious. 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
  3. Sep 3, 2013
    3
    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 theBell 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
  4. Sep 3, 2013
    2
    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 thatWhen 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.
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  5. Apr 2, 2014
    3
    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
  6. Mar 24, 2015
    1
    Unwatchable. Turned off halfway through. The subject matter, the movie trailer voice over field, would be of interest only to someone in that part of the industry and if it was a clever, funny, amusing script with good actors (like "The Holiday" had for example). This extremely weak film is not remotely that. Take the setting, that "world", which is about as mundane and uninterestingUnwatchable. Turned off halfway through. The subject matter, the movie trailer voice over field, would be of interest only to someone in that part of the industry and if it was a clever, funny, amusing script with good actors (like "The Holiday" had for example). This extremely weak film is not remotely that. Take the setting, that "world", which is about as mundane and uninteresting as could be imagined and done on the cheap not in the good indie way but in the you get what you paid for way, it's an incredibly boring space lacking both comedy and drama.
    It's cast with non-actors not counting the few filler cameos and the lead actor who plays the father who is about as disgusting a screen non-presence as there ever was despite his touted low
    voice (he is NOT one of the big trailer VO talents in the real business btw) and a writer-director-actress who doesn't know good comedy much less story-telling, much much less filmmaking.
    The attempted comedy is the kind of sleazy, distasteful banter that's both unfunny and offensive for lack of wit.
    The director is so inept as to have gone the extra-wide 2:40 aspect ratio for this basically straight to video title. All that does is diminish the effect for worthy large spectacle pictures while at the same time robbing the home video screen real estate for smaller ones. And again, it doesn't get any smaller than this! Jackass directors, producers, distributors have to stop over-using anamorphic widescreen on completely unjustified intimate junk like this! It doesn't fool anyone!
    Read the positive reviews next door on this lame excuse for a movie, then if you want to waste your time watch it and then go back and note those critics' names and never listen to them again. Better yet start a petition to get them FIRED! The morons are hopelessly out of touch with the audience and biased toward anything indie that they sniff as an underdog or is a stuffy subject because of their sickening pretentiousness. They are utterly, completely worthless!
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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: Mark Kermode
    Sep 15, 2013
    80
    A cameo from Geena Davis is particularly tart, and all the better for it.
  2. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    Sep 10, 2013
    80
    Bell goes easy on the preaching and heavy on the laughs without losing her feminist message.
  3. 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.