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In a World... Reviews

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
December 31, 2013
Can't wait to see what Lake Bell the filmmaker does next.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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Anna Smith
Time Out
September 10, 2013
Like her character, Bell has made herself a contender in a male-dominated industry. And a damn funny one at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 30, 2013
It's an exhilarating comic rush called In a World... and in it Lake Bell spins inspired lunacy around the subject of, among other things like family dysfunction, sexual healing and female empowerment, voiceovers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 29, 2013
A clever, likable comedy that sends up sexism, satirizes Hollywood, examines family ties and features a surprisingly tender romance at its core
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 23, 2013
An indie comedy as surprisingly tender and wise as it is deftly wise-cracking.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
August 23, 2013
Lake Bell's In A World... desperately wants to be clever, and sometimes it is. But not as often as you hope it will be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 23, 2013
Bell has built a sweet comedy that manages to be a bit romantic, a bit political and hugely enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 22, 2013
It's the kind of low-key movie that vanishes from memory relatively quickly. But watching it is an unexpected pleasure.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 22, 2013
It's not only a fresh and funny spoof of the movie business, it represents a real-life triumph within it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
August 16, 2013
This comedy about a gawky female voice-over artist is disarmingly graceful, generous, even life enhancing.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 16, 2013
This feature debut by writer/director Lake Bell, who also takes the lead role, finds a bastion of previously unexplored male chauvinism that makes for grand mirth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
August 16, 2013
Bell summons up a rich creative voice and projects it at just the right volume. Everything in this cheerful, concise comedy rings out loud and clear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 15, 2013
[Bell's] smart, enjoyable writing-directing debut in which she finally, deservedly stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 15, 2013
Bell's debut feature is pretty terrific.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 15, 2013
It's a movie to make you happy to see the next movie written, directed and starring Lake Bell. She has an engaging presence and has a distinct comic sensibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
August 15, 2013
Bell wrote and directed the film and also stars, and her voice, sensibility, timing, and pitch-perfect ear for the absurd layer every scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 14, 2013
[It's] smart, sharp in all the right places and funny. Beyond that, it's got heart. Even the jerks are OK to be around, at least for a time. And this world seems to be full of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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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August 12, 2013
'In a World...' is pretty much a perfect movie, chock full of fun, endless laughter, realistic love and that all-important magical movie ingredient - originality.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.0
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
August 9, 2013
This is Bell's show, and she proves herself a versatile comedian, a first-rate impressionist (check out her Russian "Star Wars" stormtrooper!) and a shrewd satirist, especially of her own gender.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 9, 2013
Mostly it's about family - about sisterly bonding, about domineering fathers, about long-lost, still-missed mothers. About any adult child's fight to establish herself as an independent entity.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
August 8, 2013
"In a World..." is completely endearing. I can't wait to see what Bell will do next.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 8, 2013
Ms. Bell, who plays Carol with a perfect blend of diffidence, goofiness and charm, has written and directed an insightful comedy that is much more complex and ambitious than it sometimes seems.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 8, 2013
A sparky combination of workplace satire, family tapestry and hipster star-is-born goofs, "In a World ..." is able to pitch its theme in several places.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
August 8, 2013
At times, Bell seems to forget her premise entirely. But there are enough solid gags-even if many of them are barely germane to the voiceover biz-to confirm her abundant talent.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
August 7, 2013
Bell has made a lively, modern screwball comedy with a terrible title; the dialogue moves fast and sometimes takes nutty, unexpected loops, like puppies scrambling over one another in a basket.
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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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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-
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
January 23, 2013
The world of Hollywood voice-over talent provides a ripe backdrop for Lake Bell's funny and engaging directorial debut.
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John Anderson
Variety
January 22, 2013
To call Lake Bell a magnetic, intelligent, blithely screwball leading lady in the Carole Lombard tradition might be selling her short.