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In This World Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 29, 2003
[The] camera constantly strays from the main action to capture moments of local scenery in an attempt to prove how "real" it all is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Arthur Lazere
September 18, 2003
The intention...appears to be to energize people around the asylum issue, but ['In This World'] doesn't deliver the visceral punch needed to win converts.
Richard Kelly
Sight and Sound
April 4, 2003
Unfortunately it is no more informative, possibly even less involving, than umpteen pieces of print and television reportage that have set out similarly to chronicle one of the major humanitarian crises of our age.
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
September 20, 2003
Self-conscious, showy and unnecessarily ambiguous.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
October 15, 2003
In This World leaves us with little more than 'Tsk, tsk.'
James Verniere
Boston Herald
February 2, 2004
The film's intellectual dishonesty begins almost immediately.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 5, 2004
Although the story told is of vital importance, the manner of the telling robs us of the appropriate emotional response.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Annlee Ellingson
September 29, 2003
In This World is a prime example of the type of film that can benefit from digital cinematography.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 20, 2003
What's real and what's fiction in the film is hard to say, but we trust that the images are informed by truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 18, 2003
It is an extraordinarily intimate evocation of just how helpless it feels to be a refugee.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 5, 2004
Michael Winterbottom puts a human face on a harrowing story in In This World, but you'll wish you had more.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 20, 2003
The two boys are splendid, but Jamal, the younger, stands out.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 4, 2003
Winterbottom seems willing to tackle just about anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rich Cline
Film Threat
April 4, 2003
The film has a riveting central narrative, the performances are compelling and, most of all, we need to hear more immigration stories like this to counter the government's and the media's incessant fear-mongering.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeremiah Kipp
September 17, 2003
In This World defies you to remain unmoved.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 18, 2003
In This World is an incredibly moving film directed by Michael Winterbottom about two young Afghan refugees struggling to survive a harrowing overland journey to London in search of a better life.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 19, 2003
Armed with a script informed by the actual experiences of refugees and a production shot on location in Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Italy, France and Britain with convincing verisimilitude, (Winterbottom) seems to spin raw experience.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeremy Heilman
September 23, 2003
It's impossible to call In This World melodramatic because it never develops dramatically. It only tosses us straight into Jamal and Enayat's struggle.
Full Review | Original Score: 79/100
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
November 3, 2003
Alguns filmes possuem maior importância política do que artística. É o caso deste longa.
| Original Score: 3/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 4, 2003
In This World may be the work of a liberal, but anyone of humanity must give pause to the horrors faced by those unlucky enough to be born in unfortunate circumstances
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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