Everyone likes the cinema. Ok, it's an increasingly pricey experience, popcorn gets stuck between your teeth and regardless of who you go with, you're likely to face the traditional ballache of trying to settle on a film to watch. If you're plagued by the latter, why not put your trust in seemingly EVERY critic and go see the one film they actually agree on?
If Rotten Tomatoes is anything to go by - and it's the only metric I trust - Lady Bird is just about the best film to come into the cinema in years. If we're being precise, the best film since Toy Story 2, as that was the last flick to garner a flawless 100 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
That's right: 100 percent. That means none, zero, zilch, nada, rien, keine, sod bloody all negative reviews from those who have seen it thus far. Literally everyone who has seen this film and written about it likes it, and there's been 169 of them, which is more than any other film on the list.
Currently, that places it alongside the aforementioned Pixar favourite and other classics such as Citizen Kane, North by Northwest and Singin' in the Rain. Naturally, that's made the people who produced it pretty happy.
"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," said Greta Gerwig, who directed and wrote the film, a coming-of-age drama about tempestuous familial relationships, starring Saoirse Ronan.
Greta Gerwig. Credit: PA
"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."
It's Gerwig's directorial debut, no less, though you might remember her from quirky comedies like Greenberg, Frances Ha and Damsels in Distress. The rating is still up as 100 percent but the big test is yet to come: it will be released in the United Kingdom - the spiritual home of the quirky comedy - on 16 February.
Words: Mike Meehall Wood
Featured Image Credit: A24