thechrisvolta’s review published on Letterboxd:
Greta Gerwig has crafted up what will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest, most lived-in and heartfelt coming-of-age stories ever to be put to screen.
While it’s easy to nitpick on this movie for heavily exploring familiar teen movie tropes, the film explores them in such a way that never feels forced or heavy-handed. And it’s also mostly thanks to the lovely direction and writing from Greta Gerwig. Gerwig fully understands all of her characters at play here; never treating any of them or writing beats that make them feel anything less than human. It’s such a genuine, moving effort from her. You feel all of the passion behind every single line of dialogue.
And This is the best I’ve ever seen Saoirse Ronan. She is able to portray the angst, frustration and insecurities of a teenage girl and the effects that those things have on her life seamlessly. And Laurie Metcalf deserves all oscar buzz she’ll get for her brilliant and heartbreaking portrayal of Lady Bird’s mother.
I’m so happy right now. This was amazing. Greta Gerwig is a goddess. God bless you, A24.