Lars and the Real Girl Synopsis
A lonely man (Ryan Gosling) forms an emotional bond with a plastic woman.
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Wall Street Journal

By 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...
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Lars's attraction to Bianca is like an audience's to an actor onscreen -- the object is fake, an approximation, but for some that's better...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
When a movie about a guy who orders a sex doll off the Internet can turn vice into virtue, something miraculous has occurred. Lars and the...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By 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...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
At a time when romantic comedies seem to have exhausted unique ideas, along comes Lars, an original, amusing and heartfelt tale sharply...
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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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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Working with a doll can't be easy, but Gosling actually makes it feel emotionally real. A scene where he shares an imaginary dance with...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A gentle comedy, offbeat but never cute, never lewd and never going for shortcut laughs that might diminish character.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
By movie's end, it seems like the only one giving a truly genuine performance is Bianca. Mouth-agape, steadfastly mum.
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Entertainment Weekly

By 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...
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Gosling is GREAT

By smaher13
Ryan Gosling does it again -- performance rivals that of his in Half Nelson. Although I expected a full-out knee slapping comedy,I was pleasantly surprised that this is still a heartfelt film. It...

nothing real here

By eileenie
aside from the impossible circumstances that serve as the grounds for this movie, the speed of the film is incredibly slow and tests the patience of the viewer with each passing minute. the only good...

sweetness itself

By Doctorknowitall
It's getting to the point where I will see anything with Patricia Clarkson in it. I'm already at that point with Ryan Gosling. This was a great date movie. And it almost turned me into a Talking...

Best Movie I Saw This Year

By serafinagee
I see alot of movies, but not as many that I love as much as this. The acting is incredible, the script is genius and all in all it is clever, funny and so refreshing to see a movie that is creative...


By cjtolmie
Anything with Ryan Gosling is worth checking out. This movie was weird, touching and sweet. Worth seeing. One of the top movies of the year....


By fsusan08
This movie is a great idea that misses many opportunities to explore, in a funny & interesting way, all the different "realities" people create and live in. It's an exercise in frustration watching,...

Lars and the real girl

By willumstad
O.K., creepy and disturbing with a sweet, sympathatic,and emotional undertone. I understand the whole Don Quiote premise of the movie that being to entertain a dillusion to help some one throught...

lars and the real girl

By raising arizona
Yes, this was a dark comedy, concerning psychosocial problems, but the acting was superior, and the messages heartwarming and instructional. It clearly defined what a community should be like. One...

Lars and the Real Girl

By smithpa-_movie_buff
This film is so funny and touching at the same time. You have to go see it. I love this type of comedy instead of those "toilet" humor films....

Funniest & Most Original

By rlynnt
This was one of the best movies I have ever seen. Not only was it hilarious, but it also had depth and was not even remotely similar to any previously used plot line that I am aware of - a rarity in...

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Rated PG-13 | For some sex-related content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Sex doll takes center stage in quirky comedy.
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