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The World's End

Comedy . Action . Science Fiction . Sci-Fi

Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind's only hope for survival.

Actors: Zachary Bailess , Thomas Law , David Bradley , James Tarpey , Jasper Levine , Pierce Brosnan , Rosamund Pike , Paddy Considine , Eddie Marsan , Martin Freeman , Nick Frost , Simon Pegg
Directors: Edgar Wright
Country: UK , USA , JAPAN
Release: 2013-08-23
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  • Adam Nayman

    The World’s End isn’t perfect – – but its best moments leave the bulk of recent American “event movies” gasping in the dust.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    The World’s End not only makes a more than worthy conclusion to the Cornetto trilogy — it stands on its own as one of the sharpest, saddest and wisest comedies of the year.

    Slate Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    What "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" did for zombie and cop flicks The World's End does for sci-fi fatalism, respecting its doomsday tropes while presenting them with cheeky wit and a refreshing strategy of sensory underload.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    The beauty of this movie, both a nostalgic romp and a futuristic scream, is its stubborn insistence on getting all the trapped-in-amber details right.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    This is by light-years the most entertaining movie of the year. How many apocalyptic sci-fi action extravaganzas leave you feeling as if the world is just beginning?

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Calum Marsh

    An ordinary drama embellished and in some sense infringed on by genre elements rather than the other way around.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    Easily one of the year’s best comedies, the movie thrives off the chemistry between its leads, with Pegg painting a very funny portrait of emotional paralysis and Frost demonstrating a heretofore unseen talent for intimidation.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Indeed, while the action-packed final act of The World’s End gets pretty formulaic (as it channels everything from “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” to “The Stepford Wives”), there’s ALMOST something serious at the core of this riotous comedy. Full Review
  • Matt Singer

    As in all of Wright’s films, the surface is just as satisfying as the subtext: hilarious comedy, compelling character drama, eye-popping visuals, and a juicy science-fiction story.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Wright is a brilliant director of turbocharged exposition, elegant but bruising action sequences, and graphically bold comedic overkill. Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    It'll knock you on you ass from laughing when you're not rubbing your eyes in disbelief.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    The cast is amazing, from the great duo of Frost and Pegg to the supporting players, many of whom are better known for taking on heavy dramatic fare. The editing, special effects and set design — a joy to experience.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The movie is madly, wonderfully at odds with itself.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • William Goss

    A knowing take on movies and maturity alike, The World’s End is just as thoroughly thoughtful as those which came before it, and maybe more than ever, you’ll find yourself laughing to keep from crying. Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    As in their previous comedies, Pegg and Frost play men who refuse to stop acting like boys. But these pint-swilling Peter Pans also know how to work the heart and the brain for belly laughs.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Bob Mondello

    There is something weird about the twins, something that will fuel a bar room brawl until it goes quite literally global, that will let director Wright take a leap into another genre entirely and that will allow The World's End to spin into ever grander comic mayhem, even as it becomes a surprisingly effecting look at the folly of trying to recapture one's youth.

    NPR Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    The buzz of The World’s End is more like an antic sugar high than a reeling, drunken stupor. There are no headaches, dry mouth or crushing shame at the end — no “Hangover,” in other words. I’ll drink to that.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The World's End stands on its own as hilarious high-end nonsense.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    Some inner logic may not hold up under the sober light of day, but this unusual action-comedy has the loosey-goosey feel of something that can’t miss, like a soused round of bar pool. The final triumph: In a summer full of capes and masks, beer-bellied Frost tears off his shirt à la the Hulk. It’s this season’s best superhero moment.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mark Olsen

    Audacious and witty, The World's End is a strange brew.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    A mix of comedy, science fiction, nostalgia, adolescent wish-fulfillment and beer, beer, beer, its parts shouldn’t fit together as neatly as they do. But somehow Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg have again managed to make a movie that is knowing, touching and hilarious.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    The World's End is a big, shaggy dog of a thing, a free-spirited ramble held together by off-kilter asides, clever-dumb puns, and seemingly random bits of dialogue that could almost become catchphrases in spite of themselves.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Matt Maytum

    The armageddon-through-beer-goggles approach brings the chuckles, but The World’s End stands up as a great example of the genre it ribs. Nostalgic, bittersweet and very, very funny.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    The World’s End is a fitting end to the trilogy: it is by turns trashy, poignant and gut-bustingly funny, and often all three at once.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Jordan Mintzer

    While things get a tad buckled town in mayhem and special effects throughout the film’s busy final reels, Wright spends enough time sketching out his mischievous middle-aged men so that their journey...feels worthwhile and even meaningful for a few of them.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mark Dinning

    Bravely refusing to rigidly adhere to a formula that has been so successful, Wright, Pegg and Frost’s Cornetto Trilogy closer has tonal shifts you won’t expect, but the same beating heart you’ve been craving.

    Empire Full Review
  • Tom Huddleston

    This is a tighter, smarter film than either Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz, and buried beneath all the blue-goo aliens and terrible punning is a heartfelt meditation on the perils and pleasures of nostalgia.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    The World’s End affectionately takes a page from our Fifties sci-fi films.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    There's a lot of fun to be had in watching The World's End and, surprisingly, more thematic depth than one might expect. The humor, true to its British roots, may baffle some Americans but those who "get" it will laugh quite a bit.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Jen Chaney

    This movie’s pleasures are less about its villains and more about the interplay between Pegg and Frost.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    When the movie is funny, it’s very funny.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Until the sci-fi switcheroo, the versatile supporting cast puts Gary in such a ridiculous light that we can’t help laughing at him. Then suddenly this subversive movie challenges us to laugh at our own assumptions.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The result is an original picture, not entirely successful, but successful enough, and delightful in its ability to surprise viewers, and juggle tones and keep every ball in the air. The World's End has the aura - and this might only be an attractive illusion - of something imagined whole, in a burst of inspiration, rather than as something labored over.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Smart, funny, and gross (often at the same time).

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The World’s End builds to an unexpectedly witty, funny climax that flies in the face of most films of its genre, and although its humor is not for all tastes, no one can say this crazy picture doesn’t have the guts to live up to its title.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Drew Grant

    Despite a too-long third act, dragging action sequences and an epilogue that would have been better left on the cutting room floor, the wordy wit and ingenuity of The World’s End is a sloppy triumph over this summer’s other alien/robot hybrid flick, "Pacific Rim."

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    This is a movie that floats by on dazzlingly silly banter and well-slung slang.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    Despite its shortcomings, The World's End glistens with a comedic energy not present in equivalent mainstream blockbusters.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Leslie Felperin

    A fraction less gut-bustingly goofy than its predecessors.

    Variety Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The World’s End is more frantic than funny, but it’s still funny enough — just — to outweigh its own silliness.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    The premise of visiting so many pubs as a narrative device, however, bogs down the initially energetic pacing and goofiness. Piling on the mayhem renders The World's End a sometimes chaotic and uneven comedy.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Also helping to sell it all is the fact that these films, goofy though they may be, feature a consistently high level of acting. In addition to Pegg, we get Martin Freeman ("The Hobbit"), Paddy Considine ("Red Riding"), Eddie Marsan ("Sherlock Holmes") and Bill Nighy ("Love Actually"), all of whom have appeared previously in the trilogy.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Todd Gilchrist

    As a film whose central theme emphasizes the dangers of living in the past, Wright, Pegg and Frost become fatally distracted by nostalgia, eventually paying too much homage to previous classics—especially their own—to create another film that deserves to stand alongside them.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    The movie independently bungles everything it tries, like a Central Park busker who simultaneously sucks at juggling, harmonica playing and skateboarding.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    Nothing here is so well defined, and the tone of the film begins to suffer. I cannot imagine returning to it as one does to "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz," hungry for fresh minutiae. [2 Sept. 2013, p.80]

    The New Yorker Full Review
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