It’s the season of movie releases! November 3rd marked the U.S. release of Lady Bird, the directorial debut of actor/writer Greta Gerwig. The film is a coming-of-age tale about Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, a 17-year-old high school senior, searching for an identity while growing up in 2002 Sacramento. Gerwig admits the film is semi-autobiographical and draws from her real-life experiences to inform the hilarious and heartwarming story.
The film has garnered critical acclaim for its authentic and unique perspective. Critics have further praised the passionate performances of Saorise Ronan (who plays the titular Lady Bird) and Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird’s mother). Based on the popular review aggregator, Rotten Tomatoes, it is the best reviewed film of all time. Lady Bird has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 100% from 185 reviews. While several other films have a 100% score on the website, Lady Bird has collected the most reviews while still maintaining a perfect 100% score. The previous holder of the record was Toy Story 2 which has 163 reviews. The film has made headlines recently for overtaking Toy Story 2 as the best reviewed film on the popular website.
With the awards season upon us, many films are being released in an effort to attract the Academy’s attention. The end of the year is always filled with ambitious and artistic films itching for the Oscar gold. In this crowded field, Lady Bird stands out with its unique perspective, authentic story, and genuine emotion. With its critical success behind it, Lady Bird is poised to collect several Oscar nominations this year and will likely grab wins in March 2018 at the 90th Academy Awards. Lady Bird is in theaters now and will be through the holiday season.