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Lars and the Real Girl Reviews

November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 13, 2009
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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-
November 15, 2007
Under Mr. Gillespie's admirably directed seriousness of tone, the performers, particularly Mr. Gosling, Ms. Mortimer, Mr. Schneider, Ms. Clarkson, Ms. Gardner and Mr. Reid, never miss a beat.
November 3, 2007
...we're surprised to find that it's possible to feel a real emotional attachment to an anatomically correct girl made of quality plastic.
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
November 2, 2007
A sweet little fable about how a delusional man-child is helped by the loving ministrations of his family and community, the kind of throwback flick where human nature is seen as inherently good -- a notion so quaint that it feels damn near buoyant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 26, 2007
Initially sounds perverted but ends up being just the opposite.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 26, 2007
It's the script by Nancy Oliver, the very idea of the thing, that steals your heart. Kink has never felt so sweet and decent.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 26, 2007
The most poignant, well-acted and weirdly funny movie you'll see this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 26, 2007
Both hilarious and poignant, with a Capraesque humanity that caught me completely off guard.
October 25, 2007
Every scene that could be played for pathos uncorks great laughs, while those that could turn crass or silly are compassionate. On every level, this is a labor of love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 25, 2007
Sweet, moving and heartfelt aren't necessarily the first words that come to mind when describing the tender tale of a young man and his sex doll, yet all three apply to Lars and the Real Girl.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 22, 2007
Often howlingly funny, and the actors are a treat.
October 20, 2007
The movie is convinced that its man-loves-mannequin premise is uplifting, when actually it's just kinda gross.
October 19, 2007
Gosling's performance is a small miracle, not only because he's so completely open as a man who's essentially shut off, but because he changes and grows so imperceptibly before our eyes.
October 19, 2007
Almost impossibly sweet, a tale of love and kindness that's funny without being snarky.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 19, 2007
It's a premise as fanciful as Jimmy Stewart's Harvey, and yet the movie has a sweetness that manages to be pixilated and plausible at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 19, 2007
One could be led to expect something arch and knowing, but the film is anything but that. It's an emotionally invested movie about loneliness and the lingering scars of early trauma.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 19, 2007
Only after the movie is over do you realize what a balancing act it was, what risks it took, what rewards it contains.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 19, 2007
Lars and the Real Girl is poised on the line between earnestness and farce.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 19, 2007
It's nothing less than a miracle that the director, Craig Gillespie, and the writer, Nancy Oliver, have been able to make such an endearing, intelligent and tender comedy from a premise that, in other hands, might sustain a five-minute sketch on TV.
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
October 18, 2007
Even [Gosling] canā(TM)t guide us to the pulse within this pat material, and you have to keep reminding yourself which of the title characters is the plastic one.
Read More | Original Score: 1/6
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 15, 2007
I didn't connect with it.
October 12, 2007
There's nothing particularly 'real' about Lars And The Real Girl, just a couple layers of quirk several stops removed from the world as we know it.
Read More | Original Score: C
October 12, 2007
Directed with patient, low-key sensitivity, it never goes for a cheap laugh at its protagonist's expense.
October 12, 2007
Lars is played by the endlessly fascinating Ryan Gosling, who perhaps has too much of a taste for damaged characters, but manages the tricky task of both playing Lars' feelings and hinting at their motivations.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 12, 2007
The script by Six Feet Under writer Nancy Oliver eschews cheap laughs for character-driven humanist comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 12, 2007
Working with a doll can't be easy, but Gosling actually makes it feel emotionally real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 12, 2007
This is a film whose daring and delicate blend of apparent irreconcilables will sweep you off your feet if you're not careful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 12, 2007
Lars and the Real Girl is part comedy, part tragedy and 100 percent pure calculation.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 11, 2007
Lars and the Real Girl is a tenderly observed and affecting Capra-esque fable that is well-acted and gently funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 11, 2007
Before you recoil in horror at the apparent grossness of yet another Hollywood high concept, you need to know that Lars and the Real Girl is anything but an exploitation film.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.
October 11, 2007
What's remarkable about Lars and the Real Girl is the tightrope that [screenwriter Nancy] Oliver finesses, aided by her director and winning cast, between improbability and reality, edgy absurdist humor and melting tenderness. It's a tonic.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 10, 2007
Will no one talk to Lars honestly about the pitfalls of dating a golem?
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 9, 2007
Through small gestures and bold choices, [Gosling's] created a character you begin feeling sorry for and end up rooting for and almost envying, simply because he's found something (someone?) that makes him feel whole and alive.
October 9, 2007
Lars and the Real Girl is an example of how even the most ridiculous premise can be used to construct a smart, touching motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 18, 2007
Lars might at first sound like a movie you wouldn't want your kids to see, but it has a heart of gold.
September 11, 2007
Tenderly depicting his characters' human foibles with low-key visual humor, Gillespie never condescends or goes for an easy joke.