Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. With rich irony, The World juxtaposes the teasing, grand images of the outside world's wonders with the insular community and the mundane lives of the park employees.
  2. This is a brilliant, if challenging, film.
  3. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    100
    A heartbreaking, beautiful movie that gains strength from its deep characterizations.
  4. A film of wonderful looseness and innovation. Set free to film fakes, the director is the real thing.
  5. 100
    A movie with the visual expanse of a John Ford western and the ensemble grandeur and long takes of a Robert Altman picture. The movie is definitely Chinese in content, but it exudes American style and spirit.
  6. The title of Jia Zhang-ke's 2004 masterpiece, The World -- a film that's hilarious and upsetting, epic and dystopian -- is an ironic pun and a metaphor.
  7. 90
    The comic, tragic and monumentally beautiful new film by writer-director Jia Zhangke (Platform).
  8. It's a magnificent film – thoughtful but not distant, aesthetically and technically sophisticated but staged with restraint and delicacy.
  9. 88
    The director is becoming a master of blending the political and the personal with eloquence and deceptive lightness.
  10. Jia's compassion for the drifting souls struggling to create a life for themselves in such a transitory existence makes the metaphor resonant.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 26, 2010
    10
    Jia Zhangke's tale of an ensemble of characters working at a theme park in Beijing (supposedly meant to capture the entire world within its walls) is rife with symbolism and cultural significance, but it works best as a beautiful and arresting drama. Definitely one of the best films to come out of China in the past 10 years by one of the most talented rising directors. Full Review »