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Lady Bird (2017)



Critic Consensus: Lady Bird delivers fresh insights about the turmoil of adolescence -- and reveals writer-director Greta Gerwig as a fully formed filmmaking talent.

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In Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird's father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.


Saoirse Ronan
as Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson
Laurie Metcalf
as Marion McPherson
Tracy Letts
as Larry McPherson
Beanie Feldstein
as Julie Steffans
Lois Smith
as Sister Sarah Joan
Odeya Rush
as Jenna Walton
Jordan Rodrigues
as Miguel McPherson
Marielle Scott
as Shelly Yuhan
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All Critics (197) | Top Critics (47)

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 30, 2017 | Full Review…

A heartfelt coming-of-age story that perfectly captures the bittersweet transition from adolescence to dawning adulthood...

November 29, 2017 | Full Review…

"Lady Bird" is a deeply accomplished debut, as much a love letter to Gerwig's hometown as it is to awkward adolescence. It flies.

November 17, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Lots of movies are set to be popping up in multiplexes, but few as wonderful as "Lady Bird."

November 16, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

One of the best movies about adolescence to come along in years.

November 16, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
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The film is a dazzling collaboration between two of the most impressive art-house actresses of the past decade.

November 10, 2017 | Full Review…

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Hilarious, moving, and truthful, Lady Bird is a pure gem -- featuring a great performance by Saoirse Ronan.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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Extremely well-done, small-scale, coming-of-age drama. Emotionally affecting and surprisingly funny. Ronan delivered a very profound performance as the titular character, Lady Bird.

Spencer Macklin
Spencer Macklin

Super Reviewer


I love great coming of age films, and this film is just that. Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf are terrific in this funny, charming and grounded film about growing up a girl from a modest family discovering herself and aspiring to more than what is expected of her, and parents making hard sacrifices and letting go. The mother-daughter relationship is complex and portrayed as such, and the friendships seem real and fun. My only problem with the film is the pace, which seems rushed in the beginning and then slows down later. Otherwise, a great small-scale film that has a lot to say.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

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