– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Love or hate it, Rotten Tomatoes has become a staple of film coverage in today’s society. A movie can live or die by the rating on that platform. In our content rich world, audiences rely on the review aggregate site to help make their moviegoing experience easier.

With all that we have at our fingertips, it’s all the more important that we don’t waste our time on content we don’t like, and Rotten Tomatoes has been crucial in making that easier for us. A fresh rating on the service is something touted by film studios as a seal of approval, and now, one new indie flick has just ousted Toy Story 2 as the highest rated film on the aggregate service.

The film in question is the Saoirse Ronan-starring indie comedy-drama, Lady Bird. The film comes from actress Greta Gerwig, who wrote and directed the flick, and with all the rave reviews it’s getting, it’s very possible that this could be an Oscar contender for next year.

Lady Bird’s official synopsis is below:

“Marion McPherson, a California nurse, works tirelessly to keep her family afloat after her husband loses his job. She also maintains a turbulent bond with a teenage daughter who is just like her — loving, strong-willed and deeply opinionated.”

What do you think of Lady Bird’s reception? Will you be seeking out your local arthouse theater to check this one out? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: Rotten Tomatoes

  • Moby85

    Nope. No reason for me to shell out $20 Canadian (yes, that’s how much movies cost up here) for indie Oscar bait. Without exception those are small screen films I’d be happy to shell out my $5.00 for a 2 day YouTube paid movie rental when those dramas are released. That said, I probably will see it.

    Theaters now due to their cost and the unpoliced impolite brats that ruin the show, are now the exclusive domain of blockbusters and epics for me.

    • SaiyanHeretic

      Funny you should say that. That kind of attitude is exactly why we have so many people complaining that Hollywood is out of original ideas, in favor of making endless blockbuster reboots and unwanted sequels, which are the exact kind of movies which will attract hordes of “impolite brats” — because they certainly aren’t going to see so-called Oscar bait like ‘Lady Bird’.

      • Moby85

        I get your point but to clarify mine: theatres are too expensive for me to attend a film that doesn’t have the special effects to warrant a theatrical release. Reduce prices, and I’d go more.

        • Cuban9222

          Yes. Same goes for me. (Some) Expensive big budget flicks have to be seen on the biggest screen possible imo. I avoid the brats by not going on opening week, going during the middle of the week, and catching the earliest or latest showing of the day… I.E. I barely saw Justice League on IMAX at 11:00 am today… Only 3 other couples and a family of 3 in attendance… A peaceful and delightful viewing experience.

  • Victor Roa

    170 critics, not 40, but then audience is 87%….. wow, there’s something broken with this thing.
    I don’t doubt it’s a good movie, but I still would rather watch something like Beyond the Valley of the Dolls and Lady Snowblood for my own tastes.

  • Kronx

    Sounds cool. What are her superpowers?

    • TheOct8pus

      She has the power to emote…very strongly

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.