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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A gentle comedy, offbeat but never cute, never lewd and never going for shortcut laughs that might diminish character. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    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). show more

  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

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

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    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 Bianca, with his eyes closed and a beatific smile on his face, is by itself worth the price of admission. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

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

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 88
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    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 Real Girl achieves that kind of miracle. show more

  • 88
    Premiere

    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 than flesh and blood. Bianca is a work of art. And so is Lars and the Real Girl. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Initially sounds perverted but ends up being just the opposite. show more

  • December 06, 2011 vlewkow
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    Like the delusional Lars, the you need to suspend reality, but once you do, you\'ve got comedy, tragedy, and lots of charm. Bravo for Gossling. He\'s terrific!

  • October 18, 2009 Rick Sheppard
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    A great movie, albeit far far fetched.

  • June 25, 2009 This Isnt Hannah
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    This movie was adorable, I enjoyed every moment of it. I got a lot of people into the movie so it says something. Seriously considering renting the movie again. Gosling did a wonderful job. Kudos!!!

  • January 03, 2009 mattsci
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    I REALLY REALLY wanted to like this movie. I go out of my way to like off-beat, non-blockbuster type movies. I go out of my way to see the artistic side of films. With that said, this movie just doesn't make sense. I get the emotional issues and I get the community trying to help, but it goes way too far and it stretched way too far to even begin to let you imagine this happening. I suggest you not spend any time with this movie, as much as I strived to like it.

  • May 22, 2008 jesse0977
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    This was such a great movie. I have enjoyed every movie Ryan Gosling has been in so far, and this is one of his best ones. The acting is so good that you can't help but to feel sorry for Gosling's character, and towards the end, even you start to see the doll as a real person. It has drama, it has comedy, it should have been nominated! Definitely a must see.

  • May 22, 2008 tolkq10
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    This is an under rated main character and movie makers. Yes,it can be slow moving for some. but for the impressionable and sensitive viewer, an awakening. This moving picture (pun) is many faceted as an excellent film should be. It is never loud or objectionable. A strange man and his companion become not only believeable but lovable. I should know. My friend is a model for Lars.

  • May 22, 2008 cager97
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    I saw this movie awhile back and I cannot fathom why Ryan Gosling did not get nominated for an Oscar!!This movie was one of the best of 2007!!!It's funny, it's sad, it's great!!Ryan.....you got ripped off!!!! Rent, or better...BUY this film when it comes out on DVD!!!

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