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6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 74 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 74
  2. Negative: 11 out of 74
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  1. Aug 25, 2013
    5
    Not at all bad, but not great or memorable. Given her talents and experience, it seems that Bell might have done better with her first feature if she'd made a sketch-driven comedy, and saved a comedy with a serious side for a later outing. As it is, there aren't enough of the funny bits, while more or less everything about the serious side falls flat.

    The dramatic elements, the depth of
    Not at all bad, but not great or memorable. Given her talents and experience, it seems that Bell might have done better with her first feature if she'd made a sketch-driven comedy, and saved a comedy with a serious side for a later outing. As it is, there aren't enough of the funny bits, while more or less everything about the serious side falls flat.

    The dramatic elements, the depth of the character and writing, the framing and composition, the social satire; they're all pretty slight. The tone shifts back and forth between a sort of pure-laughs comedy [Anchorman etc] and a serious comedy or satire [some Woody Allen, Noah Baumbach etc]. The clash inherent in this tone shift undercuts the serious side rather forcefully. If that weren't enough, the serious elements in themselves are pretty sophomoric.

    However, it is enjoyable and warm-hearted, and Bell shows some chance of a better outing in the future.
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  2. Aug 28, 2013
    5
    Interesting that all the male (white) roles in the film are caricatures, and all (save one) of the female roles are heroic/tragic despite severe character flaws. I wonder how the screenwriter would have portrayed a male that was an immoral thirty-something couch-surfer, or a philandering hotel employee who sleeps with the paying guests? Feminist indeed! This won the screenwriting award atInteresting that all the male (white) roles in the film are caricatures, and all (save one) of the female roles are heroic/tragic despite severe character flaws. I wonder how the screenwriter would have portrayed a male that was an immoral thirty-something couch-surfer, or a philandering hotel employee who sleeps with the paying guests? Feminist indeed! This won the screenwriting award at Sundance? hmmmmm Expand
  3. Feb 25, 2014
    5
    Interesting but talky. If you like a lot of dialogue this is your movie. It's a slice of life with an interesting point of view and the dialogue is written and delivered well. More of an "I've got some friends who are kind of interesting but it gets old after a while" kind of feel.
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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.