Lady Bird

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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 (379) | Top Critics (53) | Fresh (375) | Rotten (4)

  • As teen movies go, it's supremely sophisticated, capturing and crystallising that moment in adolescence when it seems that life is at last about to start and the only place you want to be is elsewhere.

    Feb 16, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Like many wonderful actresses with a gift for words (think Julie Delpy, Sarah Polley and Lake Bell) Gerwig has slipped behind the camera to create something quietly political.

    Feb 16, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Gerwig's deft handling of script, camera and actors is all the more impressive given that this is her first film as solo director.

    Feb 15, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • A gloriously funny and wistfully autobiographical coming-of-age comedy.

    Feb 15, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 30, 2017 | Full Review…
  • A heartfelt coming-of-age story that perfectly captures the bittersweet transition from adolescence to dawning adulthood...

    Nov 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lady Bird

  • Oct 30, 2018
    Quirky, funny, sad and true take on a certain stage of adolescence relying on great characters and actors, a fine choice of music. An all around pleasant experience. I would have had no issue with Gerwig taking the directing Oscar for this.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2018
    From the first couple moments when this movie opens you know its going to be great, the characters pull you in and hold you. It is the story of a girl you always saw in school but never talked too, it was nice seeing things from her point of you. You will laugh, and possible cry and you will definitely have a good time!
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  • Jun 11, 2018
    Good teen girl angst movie, but lead character kind of made me want to strangle her ??
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 25, 2018
    Upon curiously checking out such a film when another different screening wasn't available. I'm glad beyond any sense of doubt that I saw this film as it's a superb directorial debut from someone such as Greta Gerwig. From the outset, it almost feels like another film that could fit well within the genre it encapsulates year-on-year-out, But what makes this coming-of-age film different from the countless and enjoyable number of others? Well, believe it or not it's the fact Gerwig has favored a film's setting and authenticity over a type of stylization within the look and feel of the film, especially for a place like; Sacramento, California. If you could combine the authenticity of it's setting, characterization of the cast, the natural flow of dialogue and the fast paced nature of the story, then you have one of the most unique and universally relatable and almost biographical coming-of-age flicks to date. Boasting terrific performances and chemistry from it's incredibly talented cast (and not just the flamed hair central performance from Saoirse Ronan). What I took away from this film was, something I almost relate to when growing up in catholic schools, faith can underline your values, yet at such a rebellious age you'd rather be more free to do what concerns you greater than sticking to your downtrodden town or lifestyle. Absolutely check this one out for mostly the optimal teens and mature audiences alike.
    Luke E Super Reviewer

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