The World
The World (2005)

A young dancer, her security-guard boyfriend and others work at World Park, a bizarre cross-pollination of Las Vegas and Epcot Center where visitors can interact with famous international monuments without ever leaving the Bejing suburbs.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 1, 2005
DVD Release Date: February 14, 2006
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though perhaps too slowly paced and long, The World offers an intriguing glimpse into China's modernization and the growing ennui of some of its people.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A tonally flat experience. The movie's highs and lows are modulated to the point where nothing moves you or touches you in these lives of not-desperate-enough desperation.

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

It has a romantic power that seeps into your bones, with its languid rhythms, general plotlessness, and fierce attention to surreal detail.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Gives one a rough idea about the Chinese Dream through its modern day landscape and relating the new China to the hopes and aspirations of its young citizens.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

It's a heartbreaking, beautiful movie that gains strength from its deep characterizations.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

The World has a lot to say and is not in any unholy rush to say it.

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Ethan Alter
Film Journal International

The World feels too small in scope--ironic considering its title.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Its rewards come with patience and concentration.

Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly

Jia's most extraordinary mapping isn't of an external landscape, but an emotional one. Without ever leaving Beijing, he shows us an entire universe of human joy, frailty and sorrow.

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Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections

The World is less a condemnation of the current state of the world than an attempt to explain and come to terms with it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
a unique vision of 'the world' as a theme park in beijing and the mundane lives of the workers there. a gorgeous looking film with surprise animated… More
Henrik Schunk
A very dull and boring movie. I know it is supposed to show the bleakness of contemporary urban Chinese live in an oppositional context to the "World"… More
El Hombre Invisible
Definitely worth watching for its' absolutely stunning cinematography. The film takes place almost entirely inside a 114-acre theme park, World Park, on… More
Edward Boxler
An unfortunately average portrayal of how a culture interprets the rest of the world and adapts to it.