Lola Versus

Lola Versus

Dumped on the eve of her wedding and bereft, New Yorker Lola (Gerwig) consoles herself with cheap sex and even cheaper booze. When neither do more than paper over the cracks it falls to her best friend (Lister Jones) to help pull her from her tailspin. 2.2 out of 5 based on 12 reviews
Lola Versus

Omniscore:

Certificate 15
Genre Comedy
Director Daryl Wein
Cast Hamish Linklater, Bill Pullman, Zoe Lister Jones, Greta Gerwig
Studio Fox UK
Release Date July 2012
Running Time 87 mins
 

Dumped on the eve of her wedding and bereft, New Yorker Lola (Gerwig) consoles herself with cheap sex and even cheaper booze. When neither do more than paper over the cracks it falls to her best friend (Lister Jones) to help pull her from her tailspin.

Reviews

Empire Magazine

Ian Freer

Gerwig is to indie what Dwayne Johnson is to action: she’ll boost a so-so flick by at least 30 per cent.

16/07/2012

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The Los Angeles Times

Betsy Sharkey

One of the strengths the filmmakers have is in dialogue that is smartly sharp without seeming too precious or too caustic. One of the weaknesses is a shaky structure underneath. What helps is that Wein brings a strong visual sensitivity to the patter, the pain and the silences. His choice to shoot on film rather than going digital, with Jakob Ihre handling the cinematography, creates a movie that, like Gerwig, is lovely to look at — which is almost, almost enough.

08/06/2012

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The New York Times

A. O. Scott

There are strong, complicated emotions implicit in the story, and Ms. Gerwig, with her guileless smarts and agreeable openness, makes a game effort at exploring them. She is good at crying, good at playing drunk, good at bad sex, and good at a lot of more particular things, like fidgeting on a yoga mat and talking knowledgeably about the poetry of Stéphane Mallarmé. And as far as I’m concerned, any movie with room for both Mallarmé and Ms. Gerwig is not to be despised entirely.

07/06/2012

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The Times

Wendy Ide

By rights, [Lola] should be the most tiresome female central character since Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway went head to head in Bride Wars. And if any other actress was filling her role she probably would be. But Gerwig has made a career of tempering infuriating with engaging. Her Lola is an overwrought mess who quotes from a bumper book of astrological guff and yet still we love her. That said, you probably wouldn’t want to date her.

20/07/2012

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Total Film

James Mottram

You’d think Greta Gerwig’s bones were hurting, so achingly hip is this irritating New York indie.

19/07/2012

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The Observer

Philip French

The eponymous Lola is a narcissistic New Yorker...

22/07/2012

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

Lola Versus has its amusing lines, but the dialogue is nowhere near as clever as it thinks, and even Gerwig's goofy appeal wears off after you've watched her moping for an hour.

22/07/2012

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Time Out

Keith Uhlich

You could call the shenanigans that ensue ‘mumblecore “Sex and the City”’, if the HBO series ‘Girls’ hadn’t already stolen Lola’s thunder on that front. Guffaw as our flighty heroine trolls downtown Manhattan bars with her snappy, saucy best friend. Cringe as her parents offer up romantic advice that’s either far too intimate or generations out of date. Feel the suspense as she waffles over whether or not to take up with her ex’s hipster-musician best bud...

18/07/2012

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

The freshest ingredient in this comedy of New York dating is Greta Gerwig, whose unglossy beauty and slight inelegance have thankfully not been altered in her rise up the Hollywood ranks.

22/07/2012

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

… the audience. Or versus anyone who wants a couple of hours in the cinema without screaming in pure irritation.

19/07/2012

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

On the plus side it's always good to see Debra Winger, and the occasional line scores a bull's-eye: "Men are always looking for someone better, women are just looking for whatever works."

20/07/2012

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

Essentially, the film is a hymn to neurotic self-absorption, and not even Gerwig can make that endearing.

20/07/2012

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