The World Reviews

March 14, 2018
This isn't a tragedy, this is life as it is, with all its beauty and grimness intact.
September 12, 2008
Gives one a rough idea about the Chinese Dream through its modern day landscape and relating the new China to the hopes and aspirations of its young citizens.
March 1, 2007
The World feels too small in scope--ironic considering its title.
October 21, 2006
March 4, 2006
The World is less a condemnation of the current state of the world than an attempt to explain and come to terms with it.
January 15, 2006
December 6, 2005
October 14, 2005
A tonally flat experience. The movie's highs and lows are modulated to the point where nothing moves you or touches you in these lives of not-desperate-enough desperation.
October 13, 2005
Beyond the novelty of the setting -- which isn't even that novel when you have something similar a few exits south -- there's just not enough going on.
September 16, 2005
Easily one of the year's best films.
September 16, 2005
It's a heartbreaking, beautiful movie that gains strength from its deep characterizations.
September 9, 2005
Its rewards come with patience and concentration.
September 9, 2005
... an inspired metaphor for the strange new world of modern China in the global economy.
August 27, 2005
The World steeps the viewer in a culture that clings to traditional conventions but must...embrace the mores of the high-tech, fast paced world....
August 26, 2005
It has a romantic power that seeps into your bones, with its languid rhythms, general plotlessness, and fierce attention to surreal detail.
August 19, 2005
Jia has a passion for long-held shots that probe both character and institutional contradictions without mercy. But with some compassion and much dry wit.
August 18, 2005
The World has a lot to say and is not in any unholy rush to say it.
August 18, 2005
Jia's most extraordinary mapping isn't of an external landscape, but an emotional one. Without ever leaving Beijing, he shows us an entire universe of human joy, frailty and sorrow.
August 16, 2005
Even with his observational style, Zhangke's film compels
July 29, 2005
Flawed only by its abrupt and stylistically awkward ending, The World is a tragic, visionary work.