Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 45
  2. Negative: 1 out of 45
  1. Reviewed by: Adam Nayman
    Aug 22, 2013
    100
    The World’s End isn’t perfect – – but its best moments leave the bulk of recent American “event movies” gasping in the dust.
  2. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Aug 22, 2013
    100
    The World’s End not only makes a more than worthy conclusion to the Cornetto trilogy — it stands on its own as one of the sharpest, saddest and wisest comedies of the year.
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Aug 20, 2013
    100
    What "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" did for zombie and cop flicks The World's End does for sci-fi fatalism, respecting its doomsday tropes while presenting them with cheeky wit and a refreshing strategy of sensory underload.
  4. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Aug 20, 2013
    100
    The beauty of this movie, both a nostalgic romp and a futuristic scream, is its stubborn insistence on getting all the trapped-in-amber details right.
  5. 100
    This is by light-years the most entertaining movie of the year. How many apocalyptic sci-fi action extravaganzas leave you feeling as if the world is just beginning?
  6. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Aug 11, 2013
    100
    An ordinary drama embellished and in some sense infringed on by genre elements rather than the other way around.
  7. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Aug 21, 2013
    91
    Easily one of the year’s best comedies, the movie thrives off the chemistry between its leads, with Pegg painting a very funny portrait of emotional paralysis and Frost demonstrating a heretofore unseen talent for intimidation.
  8. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Aug 22, 2013
    90
    Indeed, while the action-packed final act of The World’s End gets pretty formulaic (as it channels everything from “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” to “The Stepford Wives”), there’s ALMOST something serious at the core of this riotous comedy.
  9. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    Aug 21, 2013
    90
    As in all of Wright’s films, the surface is just as satisfying as the subtext: hilarious comedy, compelling character drama, eye-popping visuals, and a juicy science-fiction story.
  10. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Aug 23, 2013
    88
    Wright is a brilliant director of turbocharged exposition, elegant but bruising action sequences, and graphically bold comedic overkill.
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Aug 23, 2013
    88
    It'll knock you on you ass from laughing when you're not rubbing your eyes in disbelief.
  12. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Aug 22, 2013
    88
    The cast is amazing, from the great duo of Frost and Pegg to the supporting players, many of whom are better known for taking on heavy dramatic fare. The editing, special effects and set design — a joy to experience.
  13. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Aug 22, 2013
    88
    The movie is madly, wonderfully at odds with itself.
  14. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Jul 21, 2013
    87
    A knowing take on movies and maturity alike, The World’s End is just as thoroughly thoughtful as those which came before it, and maybe more than ever, you’ll find yourself laughing to keep from crying.
  15. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Aug 21, 2013
    83
    As in their previous comedies, Pegg and Frost play men who refuse to stop acting like boys. But these pint-swilling Peter Pans also know how to work the heart and the brain for belly laughs.
  16. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    Aug 24, 2013
    80
    There is something weird about the twins, something that will fuel a bar room brawl until it goes quite literally global, that will let director Wright take a leap into another genre entirely and that will allow The World's End to spin into ever grander comic mayhem, even as it becomes a surprisingly effecting look at the folly of trying to recapture one's youth.
  17. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Aug 22, 2013
    80
    The buzz of The World’s End is more like an antic sugar high than a reeling, drunken stupor. There are no headaches, dry mouth or crushing shame at the end — no “Hangover,” in other words. I’ll drink to that.
  18. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Aug 22, 2013
    80
    The World's End stands on its own as hilarious high-end nonsense.
  19. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Aug 22, 2013
    80
    Some inner logic may not hold up under the sober light of day, but this unusual action-comedy has the loosey-goosey feel of something that can’t miss, like a soused round of bar pool. The final triumph: In a summer full of capes and masks, beer-bellied Frost tears off his shirt à la the Hulk. It’s this season’s best superhero moment.
  20. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Aug 22, 2013
    80
    Audacious and witty, The World's End is a strange brew.
  21. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Aug 21, 2013
    80
    A mix of comedy, science fiction, nostalgia, adolescent wish-fulfillment and beer, beer, beer, its parts shouldn’t fit together as neatly as they do. But somehow Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg have again managed to make a movie that is knowing, touching and hilarious.
  22. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Aug 20, 2013
    80
    The World's End is a big, shaggy dog of a thing, a free-spirited ramble held together by off-kilter asides, clever-dumb puns, and seemingly random bits of dialogue that could almost become catchphrases in spite of themselves.
  23. Reviewed by: Matt Maytum
    Jul 9, 2013
    80
    The armageddon-through-beer-goggles approach brings the chuckles, but The World’s End stands up as a great example of the genre it ribs. Nostalgic, bittersweet and very, very funny.
  24. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Jul 9, 2013
    80
    The World’s End is a fitting end to the trilogy: it is by turns trashy, poignant and gut-bustingly funny, and often all three at once.
  25. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    Jul 9, 2013
    80
    While things get a tad buckled town in mayhem and special effects throughout the film’s busy final reels, Wright spends enough time sketching out his mischievous middle-aged men so that their journey...feels worthwhile and even meaningful for a few of them.
  26. Reviewed by: Mark Dinning
    Jul 9, 2013
    80
    Bravely refusing to rigidly adhere to a formula that has been so successful, Wright, Pegg and Frost’s Cornetto Trilogy closer has tonal shifts you won’t expect, but the same beating heart you’ve been craving.
  27. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Jul 9, 2013
    80
    This is a tighter, smarter film than either Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz, and buried beneath all the blue-goo aliens and terrible punning is a heartfelt meditation on the perils and pleasures of nostalgia.
  28. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Aug 28, 2013
    78
    The World’s End affectionately takes a page from our Fifties sci-fi films.
  29. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Aug 26, 2013
    75
    There's a lot of fun to be had in watching The World's End and, surprisingly, more thematic depth than one might expect. The humor, true to its British roots, may baffle some Americans but those who "get" it will laugh quite a bit.
  30. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Aug 22, 2013
    75
    This movie’s pleasures are less about its villains and more about the interplay between Pegg and Frost.
  31. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Aug 22, 2013
    75
    When the movie is funny, it’s very funny.
  32. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Aug 22, 2013
    75
    Until the sci-fi switcheroo, the versatile supporting cast puts Gary in such a ridiculous light that we can’t help laughing at him. Then suddenly this subversive movie challenges us to laugh at our own assumptions.
  33. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Aug 22, 2013
    75
    The result is an original picture, not entirely successful, but successful enough, and delightful in its ability to surprise viewers, and juggle tones and keep every ball in the air. The World's End has the aura - and this might only be an attractive illusion - of something imagined whole, in a burst of inspiration, rather than as something labored over.
  34. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Aug 22, 2013
    75
    Smart, funny, and gross (often at the same time).
  35. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Aug 22, 2013
    75
    The World’s End builds to an unexpectedly witty, funny climax that flies in the face of most films of its genre, and although its humor is not for all tastes, no one can say this crazy picture doesn’t have the guts to live up to its title.
  36. Reviewed by: Drew Grant
    Aug 20, 2013
    75
    Despite a too-long third act, dragging action sequences and an epilogue that would have been better left on the cutting room floor, the wordy wit and ingenuity of The World’s End is a sloppy triumph over this summer’s other alien/robot hybrid flick, "Pacific Rim."
  37. 75
    This is a movie that floats by on dazzlingly silly banter and well-slung slang.
  38. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jul 21, 2013
    75
    Despite its shortcomings, The World's End glistens with a comedic energy not present in equivalent mainstream blockbusters.
  39. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Aug 31, 2013
    70
    Nothing here is so well defined, and the tone of the film begins to suffer. I cannot imagine returning to it as one does to "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz," hungry for fresh minutiae. [2 Sept. 2013, p.80]
  40. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Jul 9, 2013
    70
    A fraction less gut-bustingly goofy than its predecessors.
  41. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Aug 23, 2013
    63
    The World’s End is more frantic than funny, but it’s still funny enough — just — to outweigh its own silliness.
  42. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Aug 22, 2013
    63
    The premise of visiting so many pubs as a narrative device, however, bogs down the initially energetic pacing and goofiness. Piling on the mayhem renders The World's End a sometimes chaotic and uneven comedy.
  43. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Aug 23, 2013
    60
    Also helping to sell it all is the fact that these films, goofy though they may be, feature a consistently high level of acting. In addition to Pegg, we get Martin Freeman ("The Hobbit"), Paddy Considine ("Red Riding"), Eddie Marsan ("Sherlock Holmes") and Bill Nighy ("Love Actually"), all of whom have appeared previously in the trilogy.
  44. Reviewed by: Todd Gilchrist
    Jul 21, 2013
    58
    As a film whose central theme emphasizes the dangers of living in the past, Wright, Pegg and Frost become fatally distracted by nostalgia, eventually paying too much homage to previous classics—especially their own—to create another film that deserves to stand alongside them.
  45. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Aug 22, 2013
    38
    The movie independently bungles everything it tries, like a Central Park busker who simultaneously sucks at juggling, harmonica playing and skateboarding.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 524 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 126
  2. Negative: 28 out of 126
  1. Aug 31, 2013
    0
    Saw this flick last night. Have you all gone mad? Crass juvenile humor without any character development whatsoever, with a plot that wouldSaw this flick last night. Have you all gone mad? Crass juvenile humor without any character development whatsoever, with a plot that would only appeal to teenagers. I love comedy and science fiction but this was just awful. Avoid at all costs. Full Review »
  2. Aug 30, 2013
    2
    Stupid, long, clever in a sophomoric way. "Let's make a mashup of two overdone concepts!" That's not clever, that's throwing darts. IStupid, long, clever in a sophomoric way. "Let's make a mashup of two overdone concepts!" That's not clever, that's throwing darts. I should know better: whenever critics love all the filmic references in a movie, it's overrated the filmmaker made it for the critics, not for us. Full Review »
  3. Sep 6, 2013
    0
    This movie is highly overrated. The movie has no character development, very juvenile humour, and plain stupid. I am very surprised that itThis movie is highly overrated. The movie has no character development, very juvenile humour, and plain stupid. I am very surprised that it has attained such a high rating among users and critics. Maybe I watched a different movie? Full Review »