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Reviews: The World's End (2013)

worlds_endReviews for this film from our members:

  • Beth Accomando @ KPBS Cinema Junkie
    • Excerpt: But even with its flaws, “The World’s End” serves up a wild plot, a boisterously engaging ensemble, and a sincere exploration of what friendship is.
  • José Arce @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg y Nick Frost cierran su espectacular trilogía sobre los géneros cinematográficos con la que estructuralmente puede ser la mejor película de las tres. Risas ácidas, grandes actores y un estupendo espectro técnico. Muy recomendable.
  • Edwin Arnaudin @ Ashvegas
    • Excerpt: Resorting to the surviving characters literally shouting summary phrases in the film’s climax, the film displays an unsophistication hitherto unseen in Wright and Pegg’s writing. Yet even in this thickheaded moment, the gang continues to toss in zingers, producing quality laughs despite the story falling apart.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: What’s so lovely about their third cinematic effort is the quiet sense of melancholy at its center, its keen understanding of how some people just don’t grow up, and try as you might, you cannot force them to. It is a more mature piece of work, which seems a peculiar way to label a zippy comedy about drinking beer and outrunning the apocalypse.
  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: The World’s End is the completion of a trilogy of films that riff on long-established genres and feature Cornetto packaging prominently. But it’s also the completion of a three-part tale about late-blooming adulthood.
  • Matthew Blevins @
  • Luke Bonanno @
    • Excerpt: It’s comedy with some heart and humanity in addition to “proper action” and frequent crude profanity.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: The most inventive, humane comedy in ages, probably the best-directed action film of the summer, and easily the most intelligent science-fiction story in a year lousy with the things.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: Think of it as “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” with middle-aged men in English pubs with aliens, robots and a lot more drinking.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Simon Pegg is on fire here, giving a truly balls-to-the-wall performance as Gary. It’s his best ever, especially as he partakes in an all out bar brawl without spilling a drop of his pint
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: Even with the manic fight scenes and hilarious script, The World’s End is a very bittersweet film about the disappointments of adulthood, but also about the symbiotic relationship between those disappointments and the allure of nostalgia. One feeds the other, and the end result is a broken figure like Gary King.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [T]he real surprise of The World’s End is the wounded heart beating underneath the gags.
  • [New – 12/5] | Dustin Freeley @
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: For fans of this British romp, I supposed this apocalyptic riff is ridiculously amusing.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The World’s End is a humorous romp that suitably entertains on its own merits. It percolates with a refreshing wit rarely seen in run-of-the-mill comedies.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: Its humor is a little more uncomfortable than that of the other Cornetto flicks, and it’s more far satirical, in a far more cynical way, than I ever would have anticipated.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Cracklingly written and furiously paced…a blast.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @
  • Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit
    • Excerpt: Wright/Frost/Pegg present a screwball Sci-fi comedy
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: The World’s End is inventive, strange, and wonderful.
  • Ryan McNeil @ The Matinee
    • Excerpt: Edgar Wright’s “Cornetto Trilogy” comes to its epic conclusion with thoughts on assimilation, and living in the now.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: A fitting End…
  • Frank Ochieng @ SFcrowsnest
    • Excerpt: In almost a decade since the aforementioned ‘Shaun Of The Dead’ wickedly mocked the horror genre with its sharpened Brit-style cheekiness, ‘World’ reminds us that Wright, Pegg and Frost have not lost a step in conveying their conventional sense of twisted outrageousness.
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: While Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz set the bar high, The World’s End is up to the task: one of the best comedies of the year, this outing is a real blast, and handily equals the previous Wright-Pegg-Frost collaborations. The end of the world has rarely been this much fun.
  • Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Quando a história passa do reino do improvável para o do fantástico, lentamente perde algum do brilho, torna-se desnecessariamente longa, mas oferece-nos magníficas cenas de acção e por vezes supera mesmo “Shaun of the Dead”. No fim sabe a pouco.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: To complain about the plotline in The World’s End seems like sour grapes given how many laughs the team generates. The comedy never really lags, and the cast gives it their all.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: The apocalypse, made into a movie that is entertaining, touching and very funny
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: Yes, The World’s End is probably best viewed by gulping down a pint along with our boys, for every pub they visit. How else to make sense of all of this nonsense?
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: Although it exhibits nowhere near the level of inspired deconstructionist comic sophistication of “Shaun of the Dead” or “Hot Fuzz,” the latest effort from the writing team of Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright has enough witty panache to compensate for its failings.
  • Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight
    • Excerpt: To exit a film directed by Edgar Wright is to be reinvigorated by the state of modern cinema.
  • Phil Villarreal @
    • Excerpt: There’s not much more you can ask from a movie like this. It’s a rare drinking comedy that doesn’t require you to be drunk to enjoy it.
Updated: July 20, 2015 — 9:30 pm

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