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Lars and the Real Girl Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 25, 2007
While occasional moments are as sweet as they're meant to be, most of the movie is as fake and awkward as Bianca herself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 11, 2007
How painful to watch Ryan Gosling, one of the most elastic actors of his generation, smirk and gawp and grimace his way through Craig Gillespie's smarmy little number.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2007
You'll pardon me if I feeling like urping just a tiny bit at screenwriter Nancy Oliver's blend of pathos and heartland condescension.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 15, 2007
I didn't connect with it.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 11, 2007
Lars and the Real Girl is an SNL sketch reconfigured as quirky-corny Sundance pap.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 12, 2007
Lars and the Real Girl is part comedy, part tragedy and 100 percent pure calculation.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Orndorf
October 26, 2007
Gosling is a flannelled laundry pile with a porn star moustache, overdosing on uncut gravitas to such a foolish degree he takes himself right out of the movie's fantastical ambiance.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 26, 2007
...director Craig Gillespie (Mr. Woodcock) bobbles it...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Beth Accomando
October 26, 2007
The only time the film finds the right tone is in the scenes with Patricia Clarkson. She displays the delicate balance necessary to pull this kind of thing off.
Jason Morgan
October 11, 2007
Never hits the emotional marks it needs to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 26, 2009
A delusional but sweet psychological drama about a young man treated for a bizarre delusional disorder with unconditional love.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 10, 2007
Will no one talk to Lars honestly about the pitfalls of dating a golem?
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 19, 2007
The central gimmick of the film remains just that -- a gimmick -- as genuine emotion gives way to shaggy-dog shtick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
November 2, 2007
Lars and the Real Girl remains suspended somewhere between perversity and pap, with only Gosling hinting at the mingling that might have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 8, 2007
...the viewer can't help but feel sorry for Lars...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
October 28, 2007
Even under his own established guidelines, Gillespie pushes his fantasy past the point of possibility.
| Original Score: 2/4
Tony Medley
October 11, 2007
...bilious, ludicrous, and irresponsible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Dana Stevens
October 20, 2007
The movie is convinced that its man-loves-mannequin premise is uplifting, when actually it's just kinda gross.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
October 26, 2007
...a one-joke idea that quickly wears out its welcome...
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
February 22, 2008
While the film pulls a few punches, its off-kilter sweetness is as inoffensive and likable as a tepid cup of cocoa.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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