Rotten Tomatoes, perhaps the ultimate movie-quality barometer, has a new top-rated film in its annals. What film could possibly unseat the classic, “Toy Story 2,” which has held the top spot for an astonishing 19 years?
That acclaimed film is director Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age comedy, “Lady Bird,” which has a 100-percent fresh rating on the site. It’s received 170 positive reviews — and counting.
The film follows Christine McPherson (the “lady bird” of the film’s title) during her senior year of Catholic high school in the early 2000s. Starring Saoirse Ronan as Christine and Laurie Metcalf as her mother, it’s a powerful and humorous portrait that is receiving quite a bit of critical adulation—an unprecedented amount, in fact. To put the movie’s hight marks in perspective, only six other films on Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the Top 100 Movies of 2017 have earned 100 percent ratings.
It looks like the “Lady Bird” will be a big hit at the awards shows, too. Ronan already won Best Actress at the Gotham Independent Film Awards on Nov. 27. Oscar nominations aren’t out yet, but it seems like “Lady Bird” will be a shoe-in for at least a few categories, including Best Actress.
All of the buzz is pretty big news for Gerwig, who is a first-time director. Speaking about the film’s perfect Rotten Tomatoes rating, she told Vanity Fair: “It’s so exciting. You make a movie and you put so much into it … to have it reflected back to you, it’s an amazing thing.”
Audiences dig “Lady Bird” too, as the “audience approval” rating on Rotten Tomatoes is 87 percent.
Here’s the film’s trailer, if you’d like to see what all the hype is about:
I really want to see “Lady Bird,” as I’m a sucker for any media about teen girlhood. But it’s only playing at the movie theatre all the way across town from me—and hey, I’m lazy. Still, if the reviews are that good, I’m betting it’s worth the trek.
Will the Rotten Tomatoes rating inspire you to see “Lady Bird” in the theater?