100

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
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.
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95

Film.com

By Amanda May Meyncke
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.
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91

The Playlist

By Katie Walsh
While the film is hysterical, its real strength lies in the way it is able to deal with an issue like sexism in the industry and work it out in a funny, honest and very real way.
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90

Variety

By John Anderson
To call Lake Bell a magnetic, intelligent, blithely screwball leading lady in the Carole Lombard tradition might be selling her short. With In a World… , a rollicking laffer about the cutthroat voiceover biz in Los Angeles, she proves herself a comedy screenwriter to be reckoned with.
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

A pitch-perfect comedy.
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88

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
It’s not only a fresh and funny spoof of the movie business, it represents a real-life triumph within it.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A clever, likable comedy that sends up sexism, satirizes Hollywood, examines family ties and features a surprisingly tender romance at its core.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Before this movie, Lake Bell seemed to have a nice and comfortable career path ahead of her. She was an actress who always provided a spark, whether the vehicle was mundane or first-rate. Now, she’s a name that provokes keen anticipation. Can’t wait to see what Lake Bell the filmmaker does next.
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88

RogerEbert.com

By Odie Henderson
This is a very good movie and perfect summer counterprogramming.
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80

Village Voice

By Stephanie Zacharek
Bell captures the insularity of certain professional pockets of Hollywood, with all their petty rivalries and backstabbing. But she's sharpest in her exploration of what makes women desire success, and what prevents them from getting it.
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79 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.