Though she had to write, direct, and produce the damn thing herself, Bell finally has a film that puts her full range of comedic, rom-com-ready abilities on display.
| Original Score: 4/5
It will gently settle into the undistinguished ranks of history's perfectly okay works of art. I won't sing it's praises, but I don't regret watching it either.
| Original Score: C+
Father-daughter dramedy about an aspiring voiceover artist eager to follow in her deep-voiced daddy's footsteps.
| Original Score: 4/4
While certainly funny and goofy, In A World... also imparts an important message about the power of voice, and Bell is clearly a voice to be heard.
| Original Score: B-
What pleasure then to find an August release that's built around real, identifiable humans, and sports a complicated but lovably flawed woman at its center.
| Original Score: A-
Although In a World... won Bell a screenwriting award at the Sundance Film Festival, what's more compelling is how well this low-key comedy exhibits her charms as an actress.
| Original Score: 3/5
Can't wait to see what Lake Bell the filmmaker does next.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Much of the humour here is barbed and cynical.
Take notice Hollywood, your next most promising triple threat has arrived with one of the freshest and funniest comedies this year.
| Original Score: 8/10
Actress Lake Bell's smart and funny feature-directing debut In a World... juggles sex farce, feminist critique, family conflict and showbiz satire pretty deftly.
This smart, funny comedy is not just about voice-overs, it is about the massive egos of men who tend to lose sight of what is really important (family for instance) in the pursuit of their careers.
| Original Score: B
A comic director finds her voice
"unfocused and erratic, but with an undeniable charm"
| Original Score: 87/100
Lake a triple threat with "In a World..."
| Original Score: 3.5/4.0
Bell's revelation is that females (even high-achieving ones) are surprisingly likely to use a voice that suggests they're an ickle-wickle pushover.
One of the most charming and delightful movies in a very long time.
The male-dominated world of voiceover artists is explored from a female perspective in this touching comedy from Lake Bell, who stars, writes and directs.
| Original Score: 5/5
In a World... is thankfully more endearing hangout movie than erratic sitcom, and it shows significant promise for future endeavours from its helmer.
It's good news for those who would rather not see funny women relegated to a world of pink-tinged pratfalls.
A film that's sweet and smart and funny about so many things in so many quietly surprising ways it feels like it's breaking the mould ...