The film, written and directed by Greta Gerwig, stars Saoirse Ronan as a Sacramento teenager trying to find her way out of California as she struggles with a strained relationship with her mother (Laurie Metcalf), her Catholic high school and her lofty aspirations. Trailer courtesy of A24
The film, written and directed by Greta Gerwig, stars Saoirse Ronan as a Sacramento teenager trying to find her way out of California as she struggles with a strained relationship with her mother (Laurie Metcalf), her Catholic high school and her lofty aspirations. Trailer courtesy of A24

Movie News & Reviews

Here’s what reviews are saying about Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’

By Kalin Kipling

kkipling@sacbee.com

November 01, 2017 08:11 AM

UPDATED November 01, 2017 01:37 PM

Sacramento native Greta Gerwig’s film “Lady Bird” is set for release in the United States on Friday.

The local premiere was Sunday night, and family, friends and fans lined up to see Gerwig’s directorial debut and “love letter to Sacramento.” She spoke to the audience before and after the viewing.

“Lady Bird” tells the coming-of-age story of Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson as she navigates her senior year at a Catholic high school, and a loving-but-complicated relationship with her mother who is working double shifts to support the family after Christine’s father loses his job. It stars Saoirse Ronan and parts of the film are autobiographical.

With the film about to hit U.S. theaters, here’s a look at what reviewers are saying about it:

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Rating: 100 percent

What they have to say: “ ‘Lady Bird’ delivers fresh insights about the turmoil of adolescence – and reveals debuting writer-director Greta Gerwig as a fully formed filmmaking talent.”

Rating: NYT Critics Pick

What they have to say: “Greta Gerwig knows her characters and their world very well. Her affection envelopes them like a secular form of grace: not uncritically, but unconditionally. And if you pay the right kind of attention to ‘Lady Bird’ — absorbing its riffs and digressions as well as its melodies, its choral passages along with its solos and duets — you will almost certainly love it. It’s hard not to.”

Rating: 3½ stars (out of 4)

What they have to say: “Just when you think there’s nothing original or exciting left to mine from a coming-of-age story, along comes the totally irresistible ‘Lady Bird’ – a reminder that no genre is played out when there’s a new artist around to see it with fresh eyes.”

Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

What they have to say: “Lady Bird doesn’t exist as a twee indie movie construct, it feels thrillingly real and deeply personal, every single beat ringing true.”

What they have to say: “... it’s the kind of modest, miraculous low-budget gem that takes on a life of its own.”

What they have to say: “Everything comes together for Greta Gerwig in her marvelous solo directorial debut ... It’s a flittery movie, too, but with soul: Gerwig has a gift for skipping along the surface of her teenage alter ego’s life and then going deep — quickly, without fuss — before skipping forward again, evoking the tempo of a life lived whimsically but over an emotional abyss.”

Rating: 94/100

Rating: 7.8 out of 10 stars

'The love letter to Sacramento': What actress Greta Gerwig said at Tower Theater

Family, friends and fans lined up outside Tower Theatre in Sacramento on Sunday night (October 30, 2017) for the local premiere of Sacramento-native Greta Gerwig’s autobiographical film “Lady Bird.” She spoke to the audience before and after the film.

Tim Swanson/Sacramento Bee Photos by Paul Kitagaki Jr/Video edited by David Caraccio