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The World's End (2013)

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 199
Fresh: 177 | Rotten: 22

Madcap and heartfelt, Edgar Wright's apocalypse comedy The World's End benefits from the typically hilarious Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, with a plethora of supporting players.

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Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 5

Madcap and heartfelt, Edgar Wright's apocalypse comedy The World's End benefits from the typically hilarious Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, with a plethora of supporting players.

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The third installment of director Edgar Wright's trilogy of comedies starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, following the successes "Shaun of the Dead" (2004) and "Hot Fuzz" (2007). In "The World's End," 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by Gary King (Simon Pegg), a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant

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Nov 19, 2013

$26.0M

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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.

December 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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If Wright doesn't quite sustain this astonishing mixture of sadness and silliness all the way through, he gets major points just for attempting it in the first place.

December 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The gonzo side of the plot is not quite as engaging as the human drama, and the scenes in which the characters meet up and try to mesh again are some of the best in the film.

December 30, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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Wright & Pegg continue making the sort of films that the 12-year-old versions of themselves probably always dreamed of being a part of; that sense of joy and practically disbelief that they actually get to do this for a living is right up there on-screen.

August 26, 2013 Full Review Source: NPR
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The film's strength is its comedic bent - there are some very funny moments contained herein.

August 25, 2013 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Robert Frost famously mused 'Some say the world will end in fire/Some say in ice.' I prefer Edgar Wright's vision: It will end in a pub.

August 23, 2013 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
The Atlantic
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Maybe it is time to move on from the genre mash-up, but this is a thundering way to go out.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

There's pun-laden dialogue and slapstick violence aplenty, but the meta element feels sloppy.

February 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

A movie that will unexpectedly challenge your expectations in some of the funniest ways you can imagine.

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: The Verge
The Verge

It's fine in its way, a fond and silly salute to pub crawls, old friends, crap cars, roundabouts, British eccentricity and keeping your head in a crisis -- it's just terribly hit-and-miss.

December 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

It's high old fun, though it plays as a bit too much of a rehash of Pegg and Wright's Shaun of the Dead.

December 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Wright is one of the most original and energetic filmmakers out there, and paired with Pegg and Frost's expert rapport and a highly charismatic cast, there is no limit to what the team can tackle.

December 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Willamette Week
Willamette Week

Wright uses what he learned on Scott Pilgrim to further his long-standing ability to craft genre comedies that are adept at both the comedic aspects and capturing the crowd-pleasing conventions of the genre with which the comedy is combined.

December 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

The World's Ends ultimately succeeds where its protagonists fail, proving it's possible to grow up without getting old.

December 30, 2013 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Director Edgar Wright is as brilliant as ever...

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Regrettably, the Cornetto Trilogy goes out with a whimper.

November 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Retaining the hilarious chaos and offhand hipness expected of Mssrs. Wright, Pegg and Frost, The World's End doesn't quite spark with Shaun of the Dead's audacious freshness, but is great fun and a definite improvement over the fizz-free Hot Fuzz.

October 1, 2013 Full Review Source: TheDivaReview.com
TheDivaReview.com

You might want to have a beer after you see 'The World's End,' the latest from the creative team of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright.

September 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

To me, it is not quite up to the level of their previous films ('Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz') but it is still good enough to recommend.

September 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

the first part of the movie is so good--so knowing and funny and raucous and even bittersweet in its depiction of male arrested development--that all the sci-fi silliness that runs rampant in the second part feels derivative and unnecessary

September 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Let's hope this crew from the UK continues to stand up against the Starbucking of movies.

September 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Seven Days
Seven Days

I'd estimate that 75% of The World's End is enjoyable. The other 25% isn't bad, just repetitive.

September 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

The early going of the film is terrific ... This material is so strong that it's almost a shame when the science fiction angle takes over.

August 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for The World's End

A great finale to the Three Cornetto Trilogy. Wonderful screenplay, written with a lot of criativity and heartfelt. The actors are terrific and very funny. Making this one of the best trilogys ever made. Fresh.
January 12, 2014
Lucas Martins

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Edgar Wright concludes his gloriously entertaining "Cornetto Trilogy" with a thematic departure of sorts, that also works as an amalgam of all the stylistic elements that made it's predecessors so much fun.

Terrific action, stylized filmmaking, and laughs should come as no surprise to those who know the fresh talent of Wright, but it is the ensemble cast (one of the year's best) and the heart and honest drama that shine through that really make "The World's End" stand out. It's also really smart and a cunning satire of some serious subjects and the modern age we live in.

The last act may be a little hard to swallow for some,but factoring in that yes... the action, style, and laughs are all fabulous, you have easily one of the most entertaining films of the year; and a great sendoff to the "Blood and Ice Cream" saga.
January 2, 2014
YLOWBSTARDreturns

Super Reviewer

Well, it had it moments. It started slow, but then picked up as time went on, and actually was becoming funny. Then, it runs out of steam by the end. Completely. Even more than that, it went in an absurd direction. Not funny absurd, either. Worth seeing for some of the funny parts, but barely...
December 29, 2013
itsjustme2004

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An uproarious, energy-driven apocalyptic blast of a movie concerning a screw-up (Simon Pegg), still living in his glory days and never moving on with his life since college ended, and how he convinces his old college buddies who have all moved on with their lives to accompany him in an epic bar crawl consisting of 12 pubs in the town where they went to college together over 20 years ago. While the movie is brilliantly directed by Edgar Wright, the real star of the show is Simon Pegg in the performance of his career, which is in equal turns hilarious, sad, and ultimately very memorable. Nick Frost and Martin Freeman also turn in nice performances as his buddies. You can probably guess what turn the movie takes by the title of the film, where Wright is really able to flex his creative direction style. This movie is really a combo of "Shaun of the Dead" and "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World". Although it could have ended on a stronger, less abrupt note, it still gets so many things right, that it is nearly impossible not to say you had a great time watching it by the time the credits roll.
December 20, 2013
Dan Schultz

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