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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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 6 out of 18
  1. Jun 22, 2015
    10
    This movie is made for girls/women. Even though it shows the entertainment industry, specifically the voice-over, the way it's constructedThis movie is made for girls/women. Even though it shows the entertainment industry, specifically the voice-over, the way it's constructed easily portrays how challenging it is for women to enter any industry that was previously male dominated. You can identify with the character and what she is "fighting" for. I really liked it. Lake Bell was amazing and she will be a force to be reckoned with if she keeps popping up movies like this.
    And,....by the way, it is not the pseudo- feminist, obnoxious movie you expect to see, don't listen to the meninists, the movie is just plain good by any standards. It was refreshing, don't regret the time spent watching it.
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  2. Jan 24, 2014
    8
    Lake Bell's film is surely one of the most charming comedies to come around in recent memory. The writing is snappy, the performances areLake Bell's film is surely one of the most charming comedies to come around in recent memory. The writing is snappy, the performances are surprisingly nuanced (Bell, Demetri Martin, Michaela Watkins, Fred Melamed, and Robb Corddry should be praised), and the premise is fresh. Most impressively, it manages to stay quirky and sharp without being overtly pretentious. It's an auspicious debut from an apparently very talented writer/directer/actress. Collapse
  3. Sep 2, 2014
    8
    An incredible debut on several fronts for Lake Bell. A top notch comedy-drama that is both fresh and exciting. A few folks are sure to walkAn incredible debut on several fronts for Lake Bell. A top notch comedy-drama that is both fresh and exciting. A few folks are sure to walk away from this one and pursue a career in voice-over work. Expand
  4. 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 featureNot 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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  5. 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 theInteresting 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. Expand
  6. 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 likeJust 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
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  7. 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 inUnwatchable. 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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