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In a World... Reviews

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Paul Gallagher
The List
September 11, 2013
Disappointingly less than the sum of its parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
August 8, 2013
It's rare to complain that a movie has too many ideas, but it feels as though Bell took every last notecard off of her bulletin board and crammed them into a single screenplay.
Jordan Hoffman
ScreenCrush
January 30, 2013
would be better classified as a pilot for a sitcom.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Erik Childress
Film Threat
January 29, 2013
Bell's film wants to tell the tale of Hollywood and its vocally-gifted minions picking up the mantle for a new era, but shockingly buries its own lead until it practically becomes an ironic parody of itself.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
September 12, 2013
There's a difference between paying your dues and self-abasement, but you wouldn't know it from this overstuffed and joyless film.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
August 6, 2013
With so many ideas to work with, why does Bell infantilize her elsewhere-confident main character as yet another disheveled woman-child?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 15, 2013
You can almost see the plot points being shuffled around like index cards as the movie unreels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 22, 2013
A good deal smarter than most big-budget romantic comedies, but its shrillness makes it less pleasurable than it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 12, 2013
"In a World . . . " shows that a clever idea and an engaging protagonist do not a movie make.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
February 9, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Daniel Barnes
Sacramento News & Review
December 31, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
August 16, 2013
Bell resourcefully uses 'In a World ...' to showcase her vast comedic talents, mixing bits of humor, romance and smoldering sexuality with an enormously appealing amount of self-deprecation.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Katie Walsh
The Playlist
June 18, 2013
In a world...where female writers are scarce and female writer/directors even more so, Lake Bell has done both with panache in her feature debut, In A World...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 19, 2013
In a World... is thankfully more endearing hangout movie than erratic sitcom, and it shows significant promise for future endeavours from its helmer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
August 5, 2013
In A World... is a brilliant first feature from writer/director Lake Bell, proving her talents go far beyond just being a hilarious sidekick to the stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Matthew Odam
Austin American-Statesman
August 22, 2013
It is a refreshing and unique film that marks the longtime romantic comedy side player as not only a leading lady but an impressive writing talent with a considerable future.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Stefan Pape
HeyUGuys
April 28, 2013
Funny, touching and warm-hearted, you can't ask for too much more from the first feature film by a young director, and one made on a relatively low-budget.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Allison Loring
Film School Rejects
December 31, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Christine N. Ziemba
Paste Magazine
August 22, 2013
We've already met Lake Bell, versatile actress... It's time to meet Lake Bell, feature film writer, director (and producer). And what a debut it is: Her film has heart, soul and a message without getting too preachy.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.3/10
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Odie Henderson
RogerEbert.com
August 13, 2013
"In A World..." is too good a film to merely focus on ... one plot element, or to present its male characters as one-note villains. These are complex people, funny one moment and infuriating the next.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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