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

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‘Lady Bird’ sets record for highest approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes

By Benjy Egel

begel@sacbee.com

November 27, 2017 11:33 AM

UPDATED November 28, 2017 07:59 AM

Greta Gerwig’s “love letter to Sacramento” is now the most-reviewed film ever to maintain a 100 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

All 170 reviews of “Lady Bird” through Monday morning on the movie critic website have marked the movie as “fresh,” not the “rotten” label reserved for less-than-savory flicks. Reviews come from major newspapers, as well as online sites dedicated to film.

Pixar’s “Toy Story 2” held the previous record with a 100 percent approval rating through all 163 reviews on the site.

#LadyBird (165 reviews) has now become the most reviewed film to ever remain at 100% on the #Tomatometer, topping Toy Story 2 (163 reviews)! https://t.co/HJBZl4BEmn pic.twitter.com/DwrIouQ4Qw

— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) November 27, 2017

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Four indie films released this year – “Faces Places,” “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki,” “Truman” and “Bright Lights” – have also pleased 100 percent of reviewers, though the limited-release films have garnered between 47 to 65 reviews apiece.

Gerwig’s directorial debut is set in Sacramento and follows the titular character, played by Saoirse Ronan, as she grapples with family conflicts, friendships, boyfriends and the prospect of a more cosmopolitan life on the East Coast following high school graduation.

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Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel