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The World's End Reviews

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
December 30, 2013
As in their previous comedies, Pegg and Frost play men who refuse to stop acting like boys. But these pint-swilling Peter Pans also know how to work the heart and the brain for belly laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
December 30, 2013
If Wright doesn't quite sustain this astonishing mixture of sadness and silliness all the way through, he gets major points just for attempting it in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
December 30, 2013
The gonzo side of the plot is not quite as engaging as the human drama, and the scenes in which the characters meet up and try to mesh again are some of the best in the film.
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August 26, 2013
Wright & Pegg continue making the sort of films that the 12-year-old versions of themselves probably always dreamed of being a part of; that sense of joy and practically disbelief that they actually get to do this for a living is right up there on-screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 25, 2013
The film's strength is its comedic bent - there are some very funny moments contained herein.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
August 23, 2013
Robert Frost famously mused 'Some say the world will end in fire/Some say in ice.' I prefer Edgar Wright's vision: It will end in a pub.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 23, 2013
The movie throws itself headlong toward the ridiculous when it begins to live up to its title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
August 23, 2013
Most of the credit belongs to Wright, whose chaotic style belies the film's meticulous construction.
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Matt Zoller Seitz
RogerEbert.com
August 23, 2013
A rare film that's as much fun as you've heard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 23, 2013
To my surprise, a diamond has emerged from the gutter. Its name is The World's End, and it'll knock you on you ass from laughing when you're not rubbing your eyes in disbelief.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 23, 2013
Although its humor is not for all tastes, no one can say this crazy picture doesn't have the guts to live up to its title.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
August 23, 2013
It overflows with middle-aged angst over lost youth. And laments the generic nature of our corporate-driven culture.
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Jen Chaney
Washington Post
August 23, 2013
Let's hope Wright, Pegg and Frost concoct more wild doomsday scenarios together. Their work makes for a good time at the movies ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 23, 2013
This is cheeky British irreverence at its best, and there's even a bit of meaning and moral behind it all if you can see through the laughter.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 23, 2013
Life's too short to waste your time on this, even if the end isn't near.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 22, 2013
Don't feel excluded if you haven't seen the zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead and the buddy cop comedy Hot Fuzz... because The World's End stands on its own as hilarious high-end nonsense.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
August 22, 2013
I pretty much unreservedly loved The World's End, whose compact dramatic structure and steady flow of good jokes puts most mainstream American comedies-too often loosely bundled collections of hit-or-miss sketches-to shame.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 22, 2013
Seriously, what's not to like?
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 22, 2013
The movie shifts midstream ... and never regains its footing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
August 22, 2013
Wright knows how to keep the energy spinning, but he also doesn't know when to stop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 22, 2013
This inspired nutball comedy is like its heroes on their mission: It just gets progressively more nuts, more blotto.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 22, 2013
"The World's End" is more like an antic sugar high than a reeling, drunken stupor. There are no headaches, dry mouth or crushing shame at the end - no "Hangover," in other words. I'll drink to that.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 22, 2013
It's outrageous satire, bruisingly funny slapstick and - while never too snooty to stoop for lowdown laughs - deliciously smart besides.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 22, 2013
"The World's End" is more frantic than funny, but it's still funny enough-just-to outweigh its own silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 22, 2013
The movie independently bungles everything it tries, like a Central Park busker who simultaneously sucks at juggling, harmonica playing and skateboarding.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 22, 2013
"The World's End" has the aura - and this might only be an attractive illusion - of something imagined whole, in a burst of inspiration, rather than as something labored over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 22, 2013
An arrested-development comedy that develops into something else altogether.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 22, 2013
The movie is madly, wonderfully at odds with itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News
August 22, 2013
Some inner logic may not hold up under the sober light of day, but this unusual action-comedy has the loosey-goosey feel of something that can't miss, like a soused round of bar pool.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 22, 2013
This movie isn't just smart, it's also wise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 22, 2013
It's about as much fun as you'll have at a movie this summer, especially if you see it at one of those theaters that serve beer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
August 22, 2013
Far from pining for their glory days, Wright and company are living them now. The World's End looks, despite its title, like just the beginning for all involved.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
August 22, 2013
Even for its flaws, it is hard to ask for more from a late summer movie than "The World's End."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 22, 2013
It's a little too close to "Shaun of the Dead" (and to Wright's "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World") in its structure and gags, and while there are plenty of laughs, you wish they were bigger ones, particularly in the beginning.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Karen D'Souza
San Jose Mercury News
August 21, 2013
The movie never makes fun of geek tropes, but it does indulge in rapid-fire pop culture allusions that go so bloody fast you need to see it twice to catch them all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
August 21, 2013
Wright still cuts his footage with a youthful vigor, capturing every tapped pint of lager with a snappy hiss, but his players (especially Frost and Pegg) are ready to go darker.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Drew Grant
New York Observer
August 21, 2013
It's the nerd-dream technological singularity turned into a logistical nightmare, where free will is diametrically opposed to the next stage of our evolution.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jocelyn Noveck
Associated Press
August 20, 2013
"The World's End" one of those bittersweet coming-home films that show how difficult it is to really, well, go home. Because it's never the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
August 20, 2013
As a beer-lover might put it, an experience that's both heady and effervescent
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
August 20, 2013
The laddish pleasures of The World's End, Edgar Wright's comedy about a group of middle-aged guys drinking beer and facing mortality, come with a bittersweet edge.
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Christy Lemire
ChristyLemire.com
August 20, 2013
The World's End might be the best time you'll have at the movies all year. It is a complete blast: urgently paced, hilariously clever and blisteringly profane.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 12, 2013
This is by light-years the most entertaining movie of the year. How many apocalyptic sci-fi action extravaganzas leave you feeling as if the world is just beginning?
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William Goss
Film.com
July 20, 2013
Wright's terrifically precise approach to comedy remains as well-honed as ever.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
July 20, 2013
It manages to play as much like an ode to kooky alien invasion thrillers as it does to the joys of getting plastered with friends.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
July 15, 2013
This is a tighter, smarter film than either 'Shaun of the Dead' or 'Hot Fuzz', and buried beneath all the blue-goo aliens and terrible punning is a heartfelt meditation on the perils and pleasures of nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
July 9, 2013
At once a Big Chill-style old-pal reunion story and an Invasion of the Body Snatchers homage doused in beer and bad-boy humor ...
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
July 8, 2013
The latest highly enjoyable exercise in jaunty pastiche from writer-director Edgar Wright and writer-thesp Simon Pegg, the brains behind "Shaun of the Dead," and "Hot Fuzz."