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Lady Bird Reviews

November 30, 2017
Gerwig finds a warmer part of herself when, unencumbered by any lab partner, she returns to her hometown with Lady Bird. One can only hope that, this time, she stays.
November 29, 2017
A heartfelt coming-of-age story that perfectly captures the bittersweet transition from adolescence to dawning adulthood...
November 17, 2017
"Lady Bird" is a deeply accomplished debut, as much a love letter to Gerwig's hometown as it is to awkward adolescence. It flies.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 16, 2017
Lots of movies are set to be popping up in multiplexes, but few as wonderful as "Lady Bird."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 16, 2017
One of the best movies about adolescence to come along in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 10, 2017
The film is a dazzling collaboration between two of the most impressive art-house actresses of the past decade.
November 9, 2017
Lady Bird understands late adolescence as the endless accumulations of tiny humiliations and a deep, unutterable yearning for escape.
November 9, 2017
The delightful and insightful Lady Bird achieves flight in its own unique way, just like the aerodynamically unorthodox ladybug the title tips to.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 9, 2017
Lady Bird is a coming-of-age story distinguished by a great script and a perfect cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 9, 2017
Highlighted by an awards-worthy performance by Saoirse Ronan and structured around a light, witty script by Gerwig, the movie delivers a well-targeted snapshot of a year-in-the-life of an ordinary high school senior.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 9, 2017
It's unique and original and fresh and wonderful, and can you tell I loved it?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
November 9, 2017
Saoirse Ronan plays Lady Bird as if she'd been following writer-director Greta Gerwig around all her life - mannerisms and liberated worldview fully internalized.
November 9, 2017
It's a great movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 9, 2017
In Ronan's marvelous performance, tough and transparent at the same time, we can see the blurred outlines of the equally assured filmmaker behind her.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 9, 2017
"Lady Bird" is a triumph of style, sensibility and spirit. The girl at its center may not be a heavyweight, but her movie is epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 9, 2017
I love it. If a more enchanted movie comes along this year, I'll be surprised.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 9, 2017
This is simply beautiful work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 7, 2017
As an actor, Gerwig has shown an enchantingly light touch; she brings that to her work as director, as "Lady Bird" skims along happily, showing us moments both crucial and trivial in a teenage girl's life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 3, 2017
Gerwig the actress skillfully pivots between the wacky and the poignant, so it's no surprise that Gerwig the auteur so delicately balances hilarity and heartbreak.
November 3, 2017
A finely wrought, deeply felt mash note to Gerwig's hometown of Sacramento, and the rare film about teenage life that puts equal weight on the dark, sad and tough parts, as it does on the joyous, raucous, euphoric moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 3, 2017
It hit me unexpectedly-like a snowball between the eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 3, 2017
The movie is best when it undercuts its own seriousness, as when Lady Bird proclaims, "I want to be the best version of who I can be," and then follows up with, "What if this is the best version?"
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 3, 2017
Lady Bird finds fresh purchase in well-trodden territory by observing the human carnival from a girl's point of view.
Top Critic
November 2, 2017
It may be about the selfishness and growing pains of its confused and embattled heroine, but it's made from the perspective of an artist who sees the world more clearly now than she did then.
November 2, 2017
It's funny, lively, and then devastating when it needs to be, made with the kind of confidence even its heroine could only dream of.
November 2, 2017
Left to her own devices, Gerwig has arrived and solidified her place as one of the most invigorating, observant and authentic voices in movies today with a director's acumen to match.
November 2, 2017
One of the better solo directing debuts by an actor in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 2, 2017
The loosely autobiographical Lady Bird is actress-writer Greta Gerwig's solo directorial debut, and it feels like the fullest realization so far of her already-patented brand of gangly bittersweet whimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 2, 2017
Lady Bird is both generous and joyous, but when it stings, it stings deep.
November 2, 2017
A small, gentle charmer about what life's like for a teenager who knows she's far more interesting than the town she lives in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 2, 2017
Greta Gerwig is spreading her wings as a filmmaker - and she soars with "Lady Bird."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 1, 2017
As warm as it is smart - and it is very smart - "Lady Bird" marks actor/screenwriter Greta Gerwig's superb debut as a solo director and yet another astonishing performance by star Saoirse Ronan.
November 1, 2017
Once you've seen it-even while you're watching it, with a grin stuck on your face-you want to give thanks for how wonderful it is, how wise and funny and full of grace.
November 1, 2017
One of the best films of the year. In telling her own coming of age story, Gerwig proves herself a blazing talent and Ronan and Metcalf should have Oscar calling. Totally irresistible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 31, 2017
If you pay the right kind of attention to "Lady Bird" - absorbing its riffs and digressions as well as its melodies, its choral passages along with its solos and duets - you will almost certainly love it. It's hard not to.
October 31, 2017
[Saorise] Ronan's accent is American, but there's Irish in her rhythms, in the way she drives her lines home and turns every full stop into an ellipsis, a fierce demand for more.
October 30, 2017
Lady Bird is a perfect coming-of-age comedy for anyone who's ever had teenage wanderlust, fought with their parents, fostered a love-hate tension with their hometown or popped Communion wafers in secret.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 30, 2017
As writer and director, Greta Gerwig infuses this comedic coming-of-age drama with verbal virtuosity, gestural idiosyncrasy, and emotional vitality.
October 26, 2017
Gerwig's directorial debut is a joy from start to finish, a warm, generous snapshot of teenage vulnerability and exuberance.
September 20, 2017
Gerwig has proven that she's equally adept behind the camera, allowing her personal experiences to inform this upbeat, charming coming-of-age comedy.
September 11, 2017
There are no fireworks or twists or unnecessary frills here, nor should there be - this is simply perfect filmmaking from a voice that demands to be heard.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
September 10, 2017
Lady Bird is something truly special: a coming-of-age comedy so funny, perceptive, and truthful that it makes most other films about adolescence look like little more than lessons in cliché.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 9, 2017
This is a resoundingly modern, assuredly female-voiced comedy that portends more great things to come from Gerwig behind the camera.
September 6, 2017
Snappy, spirited and shot through with the pangs and pleasures of leaving childhood behind, Lady Bird is a sharp-witted solo first feature by actress and now writer-director Greta Gerwig.
September 5, 2017
"Lady Bird" consolidates the style and sensibility of a generation caught between the last gasp of the 20th century and post-9/11 disillusionment like nothing else before.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 4, 2017
The kind of modest, miraculous low-budget gem that takes on a life of its own.
September 2, 2017
A sweet, deeply personal portrayal of female adolescence that's more attuned to the bonds between best girlfriends than casual flings with boys, writer-director Greta Gerwig's beautiful Lady Bird flutters with the attractively loose rhythms of youth.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5