Rachael’s review published on Letterboxd:
Easily in my top three of the year.
I can't say enough good about this movie. After going to Catholic school for 13 years, I can say that most/if not all the things that happen in this when it comes to school are absolutely correct. I have been told "leave space for the Holy Spirit" while at school dances. Skirt checks were a thing that we were written up for. We had assemblies on sex and abortion. Everything felt so realistic while watching and thanks to that, it made me love it more and more. I felt myself so connected to Lady Bird as she tried to be more rebellious as the time went on, and the lying about things. Basically it was a "been there done that" sort of ordeal.
I have Greta and Saiorse to thank for that. Greta's film is a knockout of a directorial debut. I absolutely, 110%, adore her script. It feels so genuine and so very Greta. Saiorse displayed so much each throughout and she delivered more than I could have thought. Then you've got Laurie Metcalf who seriously blows it out of the park. She emulates mother's of teenage daughters, or at least I thought so. It's never easy when all the issues are going on in a household and it's hard to hold it together and Metcalf displays those complexities so well. I can't give her enough praise.
Thankfully the supporting cast was all wonderful as well. Lucas Hedges, Tracy Letts, and Timothee Chalamet were all perfect.
This movie made me realize that when I leave home because I'm frustrated, that in the long run I end up missing it from time to time. It makes you think how you should never forget your roots no matter how good or bad they were. Greta showed what it's like to grow up as a high school girl dealing with heartaches, school, college apps, jobs, and complicated home issues. She creates a love letter to Sacramento. She debut something so pure that I cannot wait for her directing career to continue. Her voice is fantastic and I could watch this over and over again.