Directed by Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird has been making headlines left and right leading up to its release. Most recently, the film scored 165 positive reviews on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, surpassing Toy Story 3‘s 163 reviews, making it the best 100%-rated film on the website, and therefore the best reviewed movie ever made
Lady Bird tells the story of a high school senior navigating through life and her relationship with her mother. It explores themes like finality, love, poverty, and teenage rebellion. Screening in 37 theaters, the film managed to make $1.25 million in a night, and has since been released in a few more theaters and has grossed $10 million, equaling its budget. Scheduled to open in about 800 theaters soon, the film is expected to be one of the biggest financial hits of the year, especially with its lead Saoirse Ronan’s Gotham Award win for Best Actress
With critical and financial success already under its belt, the film is slowly positioning itself as an Oscar frontrunner. On Rotten Tomatoes, its main contenders Call Me By Your Name (98% based on 90 ratings), Get Out (99% based on 272 ratings), and Dunkirk (92% based on 356 ratings) fall just short of its formidable score, but this feat will greatly aid Lady Bird‘s marketing. Of course, there are still more films expected to perform well, so the race, for now, remains wide open, but it’s safe to say Lady Bird’s nods have just been sealed.