• Released
  • September 4, 2004
  • 2 hr 20 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
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The World Synopsis
A troubled couple (Zhao Tao, Taisheng Chen) works at a Beijing theme park.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
With rich irony, The World juxtaposes the teasing, grand images of the outside world's wonders with the insular community and the mundane...
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
This is a brilliant, if challenging, film.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

A heartbreaking, beautiful movie that gains strength from its deep characterizations.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A film of wonderful looseness and innovation. Set free to film fakes, the director is the real thing.
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88

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The director is becoming a master of blending the political and the personal with eloquence and deceptive lightness.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

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It's a splendid microcosm of contemporary China's aspirations and shortcomings.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie is long and slow. Either you will fall into its rhythm, or you will grow restless.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
It's a fine film, full of small epiphanies.
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63

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Jia's message is that globalization has failed to help the Chinese masses. We hear you, dude, but did you really need 143 minutes to get...
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The World has a pokey pace, but it presents a uniquely powerful look at the new big kid in the global economy.
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