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Lars and the Real Girl Review Critics


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Gosling is the perfect guy to play Lars. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    It's nothing less than a miracle that the director, Craig Gillespie, and the writer, Nancy Oliver, have been able to make such an endearing, intelligent and tender comedy from a premise that, in other hands, might sustain a five-minute sketch on TV.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Really, I think we put up with Lars at all only because Gosling has such an affinity for the wounded boy birds he tends to play that it's easy to watch him do his thing.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    A deep, sweet-hearted study not only of one lonely character but also of the community that supports him.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    At a time when romantic comedies seem to have exhausted unique ideas, along comes Lars, an original, amusing and heartfelt tale sharply written by Nancy Oliver (Six Feet Under).

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    How this all finally works out is deeply satisfying. Only after the movie is over do you realize what a balancing act it was, what risks it took, what rewards it contains. A character says at one point that she has grown to like Bianca. So, heaven help us, have we.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Sex doll takes center stage in quirky comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know the movie's focus on the main character's "relationship" with a very lifelike sex doll may raise questions from young viewers about just exactly what one is -- and what it does. The film also focuses on Lars' emotional disorder, in part explained by his distress over the fact that his mother died during his birth and his father's bad behavior afterward (these events come up in conversation but aren't shown). Expect some slangy references to women's bodies and sexual activities.

  • Families can talk about whether the movie seems at all realistic -- and, for that matter, whether it's intended to. Does the doctor do the right thing in letting Lars believe in Bianca's existence? Do you think it's believable that the townspeople play along? What do you think the movie's overall message is?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Lars' emotional disturbance leads him to believe that a life-sized sex doll is his girlfriend; on a doctor's advice, his fellow townspeople go along with the idea in order to ease his upset. Lars' brother is very distressed by his behavior.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A minor scuffle between Lars and Karin (she tackles him), meant as comedy.

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    Sex: The film focuses on Lars' "romance" with an inflatable sex doll, so it includes discussions of porn, sexual activity, and desire. A couple of shots of a porn Web site show girls in underwear. Brief cleavage shot, plus shot of Bianca the doll's bare bottom. Brief discussion of homosexuality, as neighbors think that Lars might be gay.

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    Language: Minor language, including a couple of uses each of "hell" and "damn." Some slangy allusions to sex (i.e., "the right cowboy to tame this wild filly," "slutty hunk of silicone").

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    Consumerism: Cracker Jack.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A background character smokes a cigarette.