With 169 "Fresh" reviews and 0 "Rotten" reviews, Lady Bird has officially broken the review aggregator website's record for the best-reviewed movie. The Pixar sequel, released in 1999, initially held the record with 163 consecutive positive reviews. 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).
As Lady Bird's mother, Marion, says during an especially heated living room argument: "Whatever we give you, it's never enough!"
As of Tuesday morning, the film written by Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan found itself at 170 fresh reviews and counting, with an overall rating of 8.9 out of 10 from critics and no "rotten" reviews.
Move over, Woody and Buzz: There's a new sheriff in town at Rotten Tomatoes. But though some smaller releases can gain a 100% rating through the minimum of five reviews (as was the case for the aforementioned Batman vs. Robin), there is a threshold for wide releases.More news: Falcons WR Julio Jones passes even more huge milestones
This is completely awesome and so incredibly appreciated by the entire team that made Lady Bird, she tells Rotten Tomatoes. 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".
Originally released in just two cities, "Lady Bird" expanded to theaters nationwide November 24. The movie now boasts a rare 100% score with 173 reviews and counting on an average rating of 8.9/10. On top of that, the movie has been a stellar box office success. It's well worth the hype.