Reviewed 11.3.17. There is something universally likable about 'Lady Bird,' this fact clearly supported by its record-breaking amount of positive critic reviews. And indeed, I liked it too. Key word: liked. Just because it has a broad sense of appeal, does not mean it ranks as an all-time great movie. But it does contain a performer, Saoirse Ronan, that is vying for the title of best in her generation. She is such an effortless actor, it's easy to lose sight of how powerfully she lifts her movies up. Some of the other characters fall into cliche, and much will feel familiar to the genre. But what sets it apart is Greta Gerwig's creation of such a modern lead female character, while also keeping her universally grounded. Along with her talent for dialogue that always rings true, Lady Bird soars on the wings of it's talented lead, and wunderkind writer/director.