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  • Summary: Acclaimed Chinese director Jia Zhangke casts a compassionate eye on the daily loves, friendships and desperate dreams of the twenty-somethings from China’s remote Provinces who come to live and work at Beijing’s World Park. (Zeitgeist Films)
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
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  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. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    A heartbreaking, beautiful movie that gains strength from its deep characterizations.
  4. 80
    If a movie can be stark and rapturous at the same time, this is that movie.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Sun
    It's a splendid microcosm of contemporary China's aspirations and shortcomings.
  6. 75
    The movie is long and slow. Either you will fall into its rhythm, or you will grow restless.
  7. 50
    The World's dull weave of frustrated romances and worker exploitation is far too obvious, and Jia can only relieve the tedium so many times.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 26, 2010
    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. Expand
  2. ZivS
    May 15, 2006
    Behind the scenes look at the lives of 20-30 year olds in China all taking place inside a giant theme park. That was enough to get me to watch, and I'm glad I did. Collapse