• R, 1 hr. 49 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Edgar Wright
    In Theaters:
    Aug 23, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Nov 19, 2013
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The World's End Reviews

Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

December 30, 2013
Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 4/4

December 30, 2013
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

December 30, 2013
Ian Buckwalter
NPR
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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.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 9/10

August 26, 2013
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The film's strength is its comedic bent - there are some very funny moments contained herein.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

August 25, 2013
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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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.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

August 23, 2013
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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The movie throws itself headlong toward the ridiculous when it begins to live up to its title.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

August 23, 2013
Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
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Most of the credit belongs to Wright, whose chaotic style belies the film's meticulous construction.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 23, 2013
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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To my surprise, a diamond has emerged from the gutter. Its name is The World's End, and it'll knock you on you ass from laughing when you're not rubbing your eyes in disbelief.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 23, 2013
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

August 23, 2013
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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It overflows with middle-aged angst over lost youth. And laments the generic nature of our corporate-driven culture.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 23, 2013
Jen Chaney
Washington Post
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Let's hope Wright, Pegg and Frost concoct more wild doomsday scenarios together. Their work makes for a good time at the movies ...

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

August 23, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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This is cheeky British irreverence at its best, and there's even a bit of meaning and moral behind it all if you can see through the laughter.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

August 23, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Life's too short to waste your time on this, even if the end isn't near.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

August 23, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Don't feel excluded if you haven't seen the zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead and the buddy cop comedy Hot Fuzz... because The World's End stands on its own as hilarious high-end nonsense.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

August 22, 2013
Dana Stevens
Slate
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I pretty much unreservedly loved The World's End, whose compact dramatic structure and steady flow of good jokes puts most mainstream American comedies-too often loosely bundled collections of hit-or-miss sketches-to shame.

Full Review Source: Slate

August 22, 2013
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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Seriously, what's not to like?

Full Review Source: Salon.com

August 22, 2013
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The movie shifts midstream ... and never regains its footing.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 22, 2013
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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Wright knows how to keep the energy spinning, but he also doesn't know when to stop.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

August 22, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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This inspired nutball comedy is like its heroes on their mission: It just gets progressively more nuts, more blotto.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

August 22, 2013
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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"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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

August 22, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's outrageous satire, bruisingly funny slapstick and - while never too snooty to stoop for lowdown laughs - deliciously smart besides.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

August 22, 2013
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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"The World's End" is more frantic than funny, but it's still funny enough-just-to outweigh its own silliness.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 22, 2013
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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The movie independently bungles everything it tries, like a Central Park busker who simultaneously sucks at juggling, harmonica playing and skateboarding.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 22, 2013
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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"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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

August 22, 2013
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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An arrested-development comedy that develops into something else altogether.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

August 22, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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The movie is madly, wonderfully at odds with itself.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 22, 2013
Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

August 22, 2013
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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This movie isn't just smart, it's also wise.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 22, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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It's about as much fun as you'll have at a movie this summer, especially if you see it at one of those theaters that serve beer.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

August 22, 2013
A.A. Dowd
AV Club
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Far from pining for their glory days, Wright and company are living them now. The World's End looks, despite its title, like just the beginning for all involved.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: A-

August 22, 2013
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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Even for its flaws, it is hard to ask for more from a late summer movie than "The World's End."

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 22, 2013
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's a little too close to "Shaun of the Dead" (and to Wright's "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World") in its structure and gags, and while there are plenty of laughs, you wish they were bigger ones, particularly in the beginning.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 22, 2013
Karen D'Souza
San Jose Mercury News
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The movie never makes fun of geek tropes, but it does indulge in rapid-fire pop culture allusions that go so bloody fast you need to see it twice to catch them all.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 21, 2013
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Wright still cuts his footage with a youthful vigor, capturing every tapped pint of lager with a snappy hiss, but his players (especially Frost and Pegg) are ready to go darker.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 5/5

August 21, 2013
Drew Grant
New York Observer
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It's the nerd-dream technological singularity turned into a logistical nightmare, where free will is diametrically opposed to the next stage of our evolution.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 3/4

August 21, 2013
Jocelyn Noveck
Associated Press
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"The World's End" one of those bittersweet coming-home films that show how difficult it is to really, well, go home. Because it's never the same.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 3/4

August 20, 2013
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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As a beer-lover might put it, an experience that's both heady and effervescent

Full Review Source: TheWrap

August 20, 2013
Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
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The laddish pleasures of The World's End, Edgar Wright's comedy about a group of middle-aged guys drinking beer and facing mortality, come with a bittersweet edge.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 20, 2013
Christy Lemire
ChristyLemire.com
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The World's End might be the best time you'll have at the movies all year. It is a complete blast: urgently paced, hilariously clever and blisteringly profane.

Full Review Source: ChristyLemire.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 20, 2013
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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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?

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

August 12, 2013
William Goss
Film.com
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Wright's terrifically precise approach to comedy remains as well-honed as ever.

Full Review Source: Film.com

July 20, 2013
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

July 15, 2013
Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
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At once a Big Chill-style old-pal reunion story and an Invasion of the Body Snatchers homage doused in beer and bad-boy humor ...

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

July 9, 2013
Leslie Felperin
Variety
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The latest highly enjoyable exercise in jaunty pastiche from writer-director Edgar Wright and writer-thesp Simon Pegg, the brains behind "Shaun of the Dead," and "Hot Fuzz."

Full Review Source: Variety

July 8, 2013
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