Lars and the Real Girl
Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

Lars Lindstrom is a loveable introvert whose emotional baggage has kept him from fully embracing life. After years of what is almost solitude, he invites Bianca, a friend he met on the internet to visit him. He introduces Bianca to his… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: April 15, 2008
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Lars and the Real Girl could've so easily been a one-joke movie. But the talented cast, a great script, and direction never condescends to its character or the audience.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Under Mr. Gillespie's admirably directed seriousness of tone, the performers, particularly Mr. Gosling, Ms. Mortimer, Mr. Schneider, Ms. Clarkson, Ms. Gardner and Mr. Reid, never miss a beat.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

A sweet little fable about how a delusional man-child is helped by the loving ministrations of his family and community, the kind of throwback flick where human nature is seen as inherently good -- a notion so quaint that it feels damn near buoyant.

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Ali Gray

Lars And The Real Girl is a film without compare, about as far removed from conventional comedy as it's possible to be.

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Jonathan F. Richards

...we're surprised to find that it's possible to feel a real emotional attachment to an anatomically correct girl made of quality plastic.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Initially sounds perverted but ends up being just the opposite.

Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Sweet, sad and entertaining fable about the phenomenon of socially crippled singles. [Blu-ray]

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Lars and the Real Girl remains suspended somewhere between perversity and pap, with only Gosling hinting at the mingling that might have been.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

It's the script by Nancy Oliver, the very idea of the thing, that steals your heart. Kink has never felt so sweet and decent.

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Nick Rogers

Nancy Oliver's sincere, graceful script about working through grief with the help of tolerance and patience deftly avoids introducing artificial drama. And, as Lars, the reliably terrific Ryan Gosling gives a warm, earnest performance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This is a sly and yet oh so whimsical film about love, loneliness, and the human condition. At its heart it's about one person's long journey from… More
Melvin White
Lars Lindstrom:  Those are nice, huh? And they're not real, so they'll last forever.  "The search for true love starts outside the box."… More
Matthew Slaven
This concept could have bombed in many ways. How do you compellingly film a relationship involving a synthetic, inanimate being? "Cast Away" did it… More
Bathsheba Monk
Ryan Gosling is a great actor. {I really hope he's not too old to play a key character, Duck, if my novel Nude Walker ever makes it to the screen (big or… More
Apeneck Fletcher
Unlikely tale that asks if it takes a community to raise a child, mightn't it take a community to heal one? An individual agonising through some life… More
Kase Vollebregt
'Lars and the Real Girl' is a charming dramedy (with more drama than comedy) that is both entertaining and poignant. At the the center of it all, Ryan… More

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