Lady Bird Earns Highest Rotten Tomatoes Score Since Toy Story 2 

Courtesy of A24

Lady Bird, a film entirely deserving of every iota of
praise that’s been heaped upon it, has notched yet another
success, becoming one of the few movies in history to earn 100
percent
positive reviews
from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film was met with unanimous approval by 170 critics, edging
out the previous record holder Toy Story 2, which
delighted only 163 reviewers when it came out in 1999. Even
Armond White—a known contrarian who
tanked
Toy Story 3‘s perfect score—was forced to
bow to Lady Bird’s supremacy,
acquiescing
that “the film’s conflicts are surprisingly
touching.”

Greta Gerwig, who wrote and directed the movie, continues to
receive the fawning praise with undiluted charm and grace,

telling
Rotten Tomatoes that:

“This is completely amazing and so incredibly appreciated by
the entire team that made Lady Bird,” Gerwig said
exclusively to RT, “We put our heart and souls into this
movie, and the last step of this deeply collaborative art
form of filmmaking is giving the film to the audience and the
film critics. That there has been such a warm reception is a
dream come true. Thank you to everyone who has seen the film
and has written about it so thoughtfully. We are all on cloud
nine and using our tomato emoji more than we ever thought
possible.”

Haters have, of course, invaded the “Audience” section of the
site, with only 88 percent of plebeian viewers claiming to have
enjoyed Saoirse Ronan and Laurie
Metcalf’s layered mother-daughter sparring. “Overall meh,”
wrote one. “this shit was straight garbage. Quote me bitch,”
wrote another. Martin D G found the movie totally unrelatable,
and not just because s/he didn’t go to high school in early
aughts northern California:

I didn’t identify with what all the teenagers went through
because I lived a completely different teenage life than they
do. I don’t remember if I went to a prom or when/how I lost
my virginity, having special friends at school, etc., so I
sort of kept thinking, “Come on-let’s get on with the story!”

As Lady Bird’s mother, Marion, says during an especially heated
living room argument: “Whatever we give you, it’s never
enough!”

And as Lady Bird emphatically responds: “It is
enough!” Yes, it is.

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