Lady Bird

The Week (US) - - Arts 23 -

Di­rected by Greta Ger­wig Hol­ly­wood is fi­nally start­ing to un­der­stand women un­der 20, said David Sims in TheAt­lantic .com. “Funny, lively,” yet “dev­as­tat­ing when it needs to be,” Greta Ger­wig’s new com­e­dy­drama about a head­strong se­nior at a Catholic high school in Sacra­mento “un­doubt­edly” ranks among the best movies of the year. Saoirse Ro­nan stars as Chris­tine McPher­son—a self-dra­ma­tiz­ing teen who chris­tens her­self Lady Bird—and the ac­tress makes Chris­tine’s will­ful­ness “as en­dear­ing as her vul­ner­a­bil­ity.” You may think you’ve seen an­other young rebel or two fall in love, worry about col­lege and sex, and spar with her mother—and “you prob­a­bly have, but never quite like this,” said A.O. Scott in The New York Times. “I wish I could con­vey just how thrilling this movie is,” but it’d take 90 min­utes to list all the ways it makes a fa­mil­iar story fresh and sur­pris­ing. In a cast loaded with great per­form­ers, Lau­rie Met­calf de­serves spe­cial praise, said Joe Mor­gen­stern in The Wall Street Jour­nal. As Chris­tine’s lov­ing but dis­ap­prov­ing mother, she’s “heart­break­ing and hi­lar­i­ous in equal mea­sure.” You have a grin plas­tered on your face for vir­tu­ally the en­tire movie, and once it’s over, “you want to give thanks for how won­der­ful it is, how wise and funny and full of grace.”

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