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About the Movie
Winner of 6 Academy Awards® including Best Director for writer-director Damien Chazelle, and winner of a record-breaking 7 Golden Globe® awards, La La Land is more than the most acclaimed movie of the year — it’s a cinematic treasure for the ages that you’ll fall in love with again and again. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as Mia and Sebastian, an actress and a jazz musician pursuing their Hollywood dreams — and finding each other — in a vibrant celebration of hope, dreams, and love.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 361
- Fresh: 331
- Rotten: 30
- Average Rating: 8.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: La La Land is a worthy showcase for the magnificent Stone's talents, and she is heartbreaking throughout.
Fresh: A toasty splash of sound and color .
Fresh: It's just gorgeous, like a flipbook made of dreamy vintage postcards that are somehow about contemporary life in Los Angeles.
Fresh: If you haven't already fallen for this gauzy romp through the city of Angels at this point, you surely will during the last scene, with its bittersweet homage to the way times goes by.
“Smells of Mothballs"
Listen. I see a lot of movies. A LOT of movies. And I tend to see a lot of movies around awards season specifically. I heard buzz about LA LA LAND from the time it premiered at the Venice Film Festival until I sat down in the theatre to see it. When the trailer came out, I watched it and literally asked people “Why are you so excited about this movie?” Besides for the positive buzz from Vienna, I could see no reason why this film is getting everyone so worked up. I love movies. I love LA. I love singing. I love dancing. I love old movie musicals. I love theatre. LA LA LAND seemed to me, as though a group of filmmakers sat down with every intention of writing a “love letter” to both LA and to the Hollywood Movie Musicals of days past without ever having seen one. The film is incredibly clichéd, it seems quite honestly insensitive to actors and musicians, and appeared to practically mock the city it’s paying homage to. Perhaps the worst offense is that the objective of the film is to present jazz music in a fresh light and to demonstrate it’s strength and relevance even in a modern world of EDM and pop music, however, instead of writing pure jazz tunes that call back to Berlin and the Gershwins, Pasek/Paul composed jazz music with pop lyrics which entirely flips the message on itself and is ultimately ignorant. Look. I didn’t hate LA LA LAND. I thought it was a fine movie. The reason I have such distaste for the film and for its fans is because in an awards season where you have truly excellent pieces of art at your fingertips—MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, LION, HIDDEN FIGURES, CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, THE LOBSTER, MOONLIGHT, HELL OR HIGH WATER, LOVING, SULLY, JACKIE, FENCES, and hell, even DEADPOOL, to name just a handful—I simply don’t understand why people are obsessing over a mediocre film just because it’s well directed, well-acted, and has the occasional dance-break. So many reviews you’ll read will say “Best Movie of 2016”. Have they seen the competition? It’s the lemmings-effect. The critics at Vienna loved it, and so naturally everyone else needs to love it and are simply blind to the fact that it’s just a FINE movie. Nothing to get your pants in a knot for.
I'm a chnaged man
La La Land is the top of the 2016 cake. The year is done. I can't top this at all. No matter how hard anyone tried, you can't top the impact La La Land had on me.
From it's darling directing, outstanding visuals, magical chemistry between the two main leads, songs that I will be sing for days on end, and themes that are both depressing and uplifting to my life.
I will dare say that this is one of the best films of the decade, the best musical I've seen, the best film I've seen in 2016 (both in 2016 standards and first time watches), and most importantly, one of the best films I've seen in my life.
Please. I beg you. Go out and see this in theaters. Take your family, friends, love ones, grandparents, crazy uncles, everyone needs to see this once in their life. It's an important film that will stand against of time and will be a modern day classic for years to come.
Cinema is back!
... I honestly do not understand how this got such rave reviews AND an Oscar nomination. It was ok, not great, not bad, just blah. In fact I was depressed after watching it. It's a movie about a failed happy relationship with OK songs. It is no "Singing in the rain" or "Easter Parade" or any other classic. Shame