Best movie ever? 'Lady Bird' becomes best-reviewed on Rotten Tomatoes

Like a whippoorwill screeching against the wind shear of cultural mediocrity (just go with this), Lady Bird has emerged as the critics' new movie darling, supplanting Toy Story 2 as the movie with the most consecutive Fresh reviews and zero Rotten reviews against it. With so many reviews, even a critically beloved movie is bound to come up with at least one or two dissenters (or someone like Armond White, who believes it's his job to play the contrarian).

Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.

The 23-year-old nabbed the Best Actress gong at the Independent Filmmaker Project's 27th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in NY.

The film is Greta Gerwig's directorial debut, which makes the Rotten Tomatoes' feat all the more impressive.

"Toy Story 2" is no longer the reigning champion at the review aggregator, ceding its title as the site's best reviewed movie of all time to this year's indie coming of age drama "Lady Bird". Even Armond White, a known contrarian who tanked Toy Story 3's ideal score, was forced to bow to Lady Bird's supremacy, acquiescing that "the film's conflicts are surprisingly touching". The A24 movie has received a 8.9/10 average critic rating, and is expected to be a strong contender at the Oscars next year - it's already been nominated for three Gotham Awards, including Best Actress, and four Film Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Actress and Best Feature.

Gerwig said: "We put our hearts and souls into this movie, and the last step of this deeply collaborative art form of film-making is giving the film to the audience and the film critics".

Other movies with a 100 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes include Citizen Kane, Singin' in the Rain, Seven Samurai and Twelve Angry Men. Right now we're celebrating the moment, and Gerwig herself is singing.

Originally released in just two cities, "Lady Bird" expanded to theaters nationwide November 24.

And as Lady Bird emphatically responds: "It is enough!"

  • Jacqueline Ellis