Reviews: In a World… (2013)

in_a_worldReviews for this film from our members:

  • Beth Accomando @ KPBS Cinema Junkie
    • Excerpt: Bell’s character may be stressed and a bit awkward but her direction is smooth and confident.
  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: The film is a wry, amusing comedy, one that makes you break out into smiles at the odd world of its occupants.
  • Edwin Arnaudin @ Ashvegas
    • Excerpt: These amusing personalities collide often, and as ego, family, and love intertwine, Bell orchestrates the exchanges with both industry reverence and a license to lampoon its many ridiculous elements.
  • Luke Bonanno @
    • Excerpt: Though not uproarious or mind-blowing, the film definitely has its appeal. It’s crafted with obvious care, wit, and personality.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: One of the most charming and delightful movies in a very long time.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Bell has targeted a microcosm of the industry she works in and mixed in romantic comedy and family drama elements all while maintaining focus on her throughline and hilariously showcasing her own talent for mimicry.
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: The satire throughout is subservient to the story and the jokes, which range from broad to very specific, inside baseball stuff (or, in the case of a running joke about how much Carol hates women who talk like sexy babies, things that might just irritate Lake Bell), but it still has real bite to it, and ultimately gives the film an emotional and comedic resonance that belies its otherwise frothy tone.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …a hilariously original comedy that feels like a Christopher Guest-directed mockumentary with an eccentric Annie Hall-type at its center.
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
  • John Gilpatrick @
    • Excerpt: Lake Bell has turned a skill—mimicking movie trailer voiceovers—that probably served her well at parties into a unique and rather funny feature film
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Savvy, screwball, feminist comedy gem
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: There’s an utter novelty to the subject that In a World… explores. As star, writer, director, and producer, Lake Bell is clearly talented.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: A fresh, funny slice-of-life, casually cutting in its feminism and utterly charming in its storytelling.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: May try to be too many things at once, but writer-director Lake Bell keeps everything buoyant and has the good sense to give everyone in her terrific cast enough business to work with.
  • [New – 7/17/14] | Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: A genial glimpse into the world of voice-over acting gives In a World… a unique hook with which actor-writer-director Lake Bell can flourish and excite even while sticking closely to genre tropes.
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: In A World… is an assured and accomplished debut from Lake Bell, who effortlessly captures both the quirkiness and nostalgic charm of the world of movie trailer voice-overs.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Frank Ochieng @ SFcrowsnest
    • Excerpt: Refreshingly breezy, smart, observant and spirited, ‘In A World…’ strikes a brilliant balance in its commentary about movie-making politics on a smaller scale where one determined woman can literally have her voice heard within the scheme of her own convictions.
  • Norm Schrager @ Meet In the Lobby
  • Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit
    • Excerpt: In a World is a worthy crossover comedy that seems independent but has enough star power to hold its own in the box office.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Look/Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
    • Excerpt: In Carol, actor-writer-director Lake Bell creates an amusing and appealing heroine who is unashamed to crave a little success and happiness in life.

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