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Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird is breaking film review records

Her directorial debut has a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes

Greta Gerwig’s triumphant directorial debut, the coming-of-age drama Lady Bird, has been a huge hit with critics and audiences. As a result of its success, the Saorise Ronan and Laurie Metcalf-starring film has now managed to become the highest-rated film on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

Lady Bird, Gerwig’s directorial debut, has so far scored a perfect 100 from 169 reviews. It’s managed to beat the universally beloved Toy Story 3 from the top spot, which had a perfect rating, but only off 163 reviews on first release.

The perfect critic score is only part of the story, though, as Lady Bird only holds 87 per cent for audience scores. However, that’s still pretty good, and while Rotten Tomatoes isn’t the only indicator of a film’s quality or appeal, it’s testament to the film and to Gerwig that her first film as a director has already been so widely adored.

The coming-of-age comedy, out next year, chronicles a year in the life of Christine (Saoirse Ronan), an angsty teen who refuses to be known by anything other than Lady Bird. The storyline follows her growing up Sacramento, mulling moodily over how the fuck she can get out of there and out into the world.

As previously noted in a Dazed feature praising Gerwig’s filmic triumph: “Christine falls out with her best friend, she loses her virginity, and she discovers a passion for singing in school plays. Like Frances Ha, it’s about accumulating small life moments, and the importance of relationships that aren’t necessarily romantic. To be honest, it could easily be a prequel called Frances Ha: The Early Years.”

It’s an assured, confident debut from Gerwig, and one that signals a stunning future for the actor and filmmaker behind the camera.