Nikolas Hackett’s review published on Letterboxd:
Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird is one of the most honest portrayals of youth ever put to film. All of the characters, moments, and emotions expressed feel all to real, and make for the best coming of age film of 2017. The acting here is all top notch, with Saorise Ronan giving the performance of her career. She practically disappears into the character of Christine or “Lady Bird,” delivering every bit of dialogue with utmost integrity and realism. The supporting cast here is all great as well. Lucas Hedges from 2016’s Manchester by the Sea is great in the film, as well as Laurie Metcalf and Tracy Letts.
How Gerwig tells this story is sensational. Every single frame in the 93 minute runtime seems as if they actually transpired, due to the phenomenally written characters and plot. With the perfect blend of both, Lady Bird is one of the most relatable movies I’ve seen in awhile. The events that take place, as well as many of the characters’ actions are incredibly similar to what actually happens in high school, and Gerwig couldn’t be more on point with her interpretation. Another thing that’s so outstanding about the film, is the perfect balance of comedy and dramatic elements. The movie is flat-out hysterical in parts, and extremely emotional in others. By doing this, I became invested in all of the characters and the incredibly heartfelt story.
Lady Bird is an incredible coming of age tale that is very heartwarming, authentic, and emotional. The writing and acting couldn’t have been better, and it is without a doubt one of my favorites of the year, and of all time.