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La La Land Reviews

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September 5, 2017
La La Land is actually a love story for jazz, with a leading male character who likes to mansplain very loudly and intently whenever he gets the chance about just how important jazz music is and how he will be the saviour jazz music needs.
September 12, 2017
La La Land engaged my senses in the moment, and will certainly do so any time I watch it, but it will not linger like a haunting refrain. Sadly, it didn't go to my head.
June 29, 2017
Damien Chazelle's new musical, La La Land, lacks this secret sauce of musicals: his characters have no particular reason, no real urgency, for bursting into song.
June 27, 2017
La La Land touts itself as a love letter to movie musicals, but it fails to honor the memory of films like Singing In The Rain and West Side Story through its casting choices.
June 27, 2017
While (the film has) an optimistic, positive message, it loses potency by showing just how little room there is for real life - with all its compromises and challenges - in the dreams of its main characters.
September 27, 2017
The wayward side effect of casting Gosling as this jazz whisperer is that La La Land becomes a Trojan horse white-savior film.
December 16, 2016
The film's highs are its light special effects and whimsical choreography. The ensemble cast is phenomenal, but Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling? Not so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 5, 2017
"La La Land" is a mirage, a self-satisfied illusion that tries and fails to sanctify a heap of classics that don't require its sanctification.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 12, 2017
It's too long, the music isn't great, and I can't stand all the brightly colored twirling skirts.
February 1, 2017
It's a pity that La La Land fled from cliche to incur in what is consider cliche. At its best, the movie flirts with the ghosts of professional frustration, only to return to the most rude pretentions. [Full review in Spanish]
December 16, 2016
[Emma Stone] is so captivating as an actor that we are somehow attentive and interested through lousy songwriting and cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
December 6, 2016
La La Land is cute, sometimes gorgeous, but not good.
December 21, 2016
Audiences find themselves carried away. That may be sensible enough. What's odd is that La La Land is not the merry entertainment it sometimes seems to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 5, 2016
Every element of La La Land is bound up in a referentiality that largely precludes the outpourings of emotion we come to musicals for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 12, 2016
La La Land is a musical without grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
December 12, 2016
The one thing that Chazelle seems to have little interest in is life. He turns Mia into an absolute cipher, giving her nothing whatsoever to talk about.
June 13, 2017
For all that, for all the time and effort the movie took, very little passion comes through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 19, 2017
La La Land doesn't swing. "Hustle and Flow" is a much better musical.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 30, 2016
The cinematography and special effects are fantastic, but don't actually compensate for a weak storyline, and forgettable musical numbers.
January 23, 2017
Alas, the stylized, wall-to-wall inauthenticity pries out the emotional heart of this modern-day musical fantasy, leaving it needless and empty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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