World on a Wire (1973)

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7

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  1. World on a Wire is the discovery of the season, rarely screened in America but very much a key chapter in Fassbinder's story--a step toward bigger budgets and slicker production values, yet clarifying of his core artistic legacy.
  2. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Sep 22, 2011
    91
    Genuinely breathtaking.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 12, 2011
    75
    World on a Wire is slowed down compared to most Fassbinder. He usually evokes overwrought passions, sudden angers and jealousies, emotional explosions, people hiding turmoil beneath a surface of pose. Here there's less of that emotional energy. But if you know Fassbinder, you might want to see this as an exercise of his mind, a demonstration of how one of his stories might be transformed by the detachment of science fiction.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Jul 28, 2011
    75
    Seen now, the movie seems as timely as it is outdated, its themes contemporary even if its clothing and hairdos are anything but.
  5. 70
    A bit of a slog at 205 minutes, World on a Wire builds up to a satisfyingly nutty finale.
  6. 70
    World on a Wire, while too slow and diffuse to count as a lost masterpiece, is valuable in expanding our sense of what Fassbinder could do and is also a source of much visual and intellectual pleasure in its own right.
  7. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Jul 19, 2011
    63
    Fassbinder's sumptuous 205-minute epic is intriguing as a prototype for later and more palatably cynical sci-fi standards like "Blade Runner" or even "Total Recall."

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