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Mary F. Pols,
A movie that aspires to be deep but never gets out of the shallows even with a wonderful actress in the lead...
...even when the film dips and slips into cliche territory you're glad to have Gerwig as your guide on the all-too familiar journey.
New York Times:
In spite of its scruffy look and slack pacing, it often rings as false as any of the big, shiny and soft studio rom-coms (starring Kate Hudson or Katherine Heigl, say) of the last decade.
A Greta Gerwig vehicle that feels like a pilot awaiting pick-up from a network that doesn't exist.
It's such a mopey, navel-gazing affair that even Gerwig has a hard time saving it.
A well-intentioned indie that tries to be a "real" version of a Hollywood romantic comedy and ends up feeling more ersatz than ever.
It's a wonder Gerwig manages to keep the character endearing instead of grating, but she does.
This is the kind of cutely alienated indie relationship comedy that Lena Dunham's HBO series Girls has made irrelevant.
Its solitude-is-okay message is hardly novel, but Wein's comfortable way of reaching that point will resonate with viewers still trying to achieve that particular brand of enlightenment.
Los Angeles Times:
Gerwig is ... distinctive and interesting an actress to watch, especially when the story includes a lot of raw truth-telling.
An extremely smart, exquisitely funny film about finding yourself amid the clang and clutter of contemporary life.
There's a Fitzgeraldian sense of generational malaise in all of this, but "Lola Versus" is convinced that it's hilarious.
LOLA VERSUS puts the fun in dysfunctional love and is what happens when you shake life up a little bit and let it fall out of your hands.
New York Daily News:
Don't be fooled by the indie trappings: despite its downtown vibe, "Lola Versus" is as cliched as any Hollywood rom-com.
New York Post:
[It] transcends being just another chick flick and becomes an exploration of a subject that should ring true for just about every female viewer: the relentless narcissism of the friend who makes everything about her.
There's a lot about Lola Versus that feels familiar, but the propulsion that escalates the film out of the low orbit of angst-riddled 20-something indie "comedies" is Greta Gerwig.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Screenwriters Daryl Wein (who also directed) and Zoe Lister Jones give Gerwig very little to do other than to be Gerwig.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
"Lola Versus" takes the Lego-piece building blocks of a New York City relationship comedy and turns it into something more asymmetrical and ironic and interesting.
Globe and Mail:
Lola Versus is all Greta all the time, a bonanza for fans and proof that Gerwig's easy offbeat charm, obvious smarts and physical comedy gifts can carry a film.
Gerwig is plenty charming, considering the rote stuff she has to work with.
"Lola Versus" deals with relationships in standard-issue Sundance style, ostensibly smarter and more genuine than what flows from the Hollywood rom-com pipeline yet really just as shallow at heart.
It's one girl against the world in Lola Versus, a snappy yet sincere romantic comedy that begins where others end, with the proposal and wedding plans pointing toward happily ever after.
Narratively, it's not a huge shock where the film ultimately goes, but there are a number of fun surprises along the way.
Gerwig remains one of the most captivating new stars to hit the big screen, but she's still looking for a movie that deserves her.