• Studio: A24
  • Release Date: Oct 24, 2014
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Oct 21, 2014
    90
    Shelton's comedy isn't just smart, but cheerfully wise; not just funny, but cleverly and endlessly so.
  2. Reviewed by: Emma Myers
    Jan 27, 2014
    83
    Even if the film doesn't leave much to ponder past the closing credits, it's enjoyable while it's unfolding, doing justice to the strengths of Shelton's ever-expanding filmography.
  3. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Jan 20, 2014
    82
    Superbly written, handsomely made and full of terrific performances, Laggies is Shelton’s best film to date.
  4. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Oct 23, 2014
    80
    The director is increasingly adept at getting her actors to bask in emotions without any pretensions. It makes for easy watching. Seigel's breezy script makes the dialogue easy listening.
  5. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Nov 7, 2014
    75
    Laggies doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it puts an engaging spin on the old canard about high school being the best years of our lives.
  6. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Nov 6, 2014
    75
    For the most part, Laggies offers an engaging portal into the life of an appealingly confused 28-year old who doesn't have all the answers and isn't afraid to admit it. Coming-of-age stories, it seems, needn't be limited to teenagers.
  7. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 30, 2014
    75
    So here’s the case of a movie that is, in every way, nothing special — except for the way it’s made and how it’s done.
  8. Reviewed by: Melissa Maerz
    Oct 22, 2014
    75
    What saves Laggies is Knightley, who's all gangly limbs and pouty faces, schlepping around in pajamas, acting exactly like a teenager trapped in a grown-up world.
  9. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Oct 21, 2014
    75
    It's a gentle, amiable, sincere little movie, and we could use about a hundred more Lynn Sheltons in this business, making movies that feel this lived in, this true.
  10. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Nov 5, 2014
    70
    It's fun to watch the actors work. But you wish they had material a little stronger to work with. Laggies doesn't give it to them.
  11. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Oct 31, 2014
    70
    We basically know where Laggies is headed; the film is a soft, straight, easy pitch down the middle, story-wise. And it’s a light movie: You won’t get a particularly profound look at adults who act like kids from it.
  12. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Oct 21, 2014
    70
    Even though Laggies is clearly well-intentioned — and the anxieties it tussles with are completely believable — the film is awkward in ways that are sometimes charming and sometimes off-putting.
  13. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jan 27, 2014
    70
    More structure and polish doesn't keep Lynn Shelton's latest from being recognizably hers.
  14. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jan 27, 2014
    70
    If the narrative progression feels too tidy and circumscribed, Shelton’s talent for bringing out the best in her actors remains satisfyingly intact.
  15. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Nov 5, 2014
    67
    Despite its pleasant veneer, Laggies is a bit adrift itself. Winning performances keep us engaged – and a one-sequence appearance by Gretchen Mol as Annika’s mother who flew the coop is hauntingly complex.
  16. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Nov 6, 2014
    63
    There are enough indie clichés to blunt this movie’s edge.
  17. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Oct 30, 2014
    63
    Laggies possesses irrepressible cheer, optimism and an innate sense of ease that often go missing in angstier productions loosely organized under “Aging, fear of.” Unlike its sometimes annoyingly wishy-washy heroine, this is a movie that knows just where it’s going, and finds joy in the journey.
  18. Reviewed by: Steve Macfarlane
    Oct 23, 2014
    63
    To Keira Knightley's credit, she's all too willing to undercut her pretty-girl reputation by looking and acting a fool for Lynn Shelton's camera.
  19. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Oct 22, 2014
    63
    The best thing about the film – which is true of most of his roles – is Rockwell.
  20. 63
    Moretz is as real as ever, and Knightley manages Megan’s transition from annoyingly naive to adorably confused. But for that she has help, and for that she and we should thank Rockwell. In this case, the actor most accomplished at playing slackers is the one who gets everybody — and the movie — to grow up.
  21. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Nov 7, 2014
    60
    Even when Laggies strains against its contrived conceit, his (Rockwell) chemistry with Knightley goes a long way in classing up the joint and making Shelton's film feel just deep enough to pass muster.
  22. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Oct 23, 2014
    60
    This is a nice movie. It’s frisky and cheerful, even when tears are on the way. But it isn’t a very good movie, mainly because, like its heroine, it’s reluctant to make up its mind about what it wants to be.
  23. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Oct 22, 2014
    60
    The unavoidable obstacle is that the perpetually elegant Knightley does not belong. Not at a prom, not furtively partying in a parent’s basement and not, alas, in this movie.
  24. Reviewed by: Amber Wilkinson
    Jan 27, 2014
    60
    The plot strong-arms the characters into increasingly contrived and overly familiar positions that leave you longing for the more relaxed vibe of Shelton's earlier films.
  25. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Oct 24, 2014
    58
    Laggies itself isn’t exactly slow – its pace is pleasantly meandering – and it’s far from aimless, although what it’s aiming for isn’t always clear.
  26. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Oct 23, 2014
    58
    Shelton, who used to make scrappy, wholly improvised indie gabfests, continues to sand down the rough edges of her style, so that each new movie feels a little less distinct — and a lot less transgressive — than the one before it.
  27. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Jan 27, 2014
    58
    Its patchy tone, plot, characters and sympathies make for a film that’s difficult to wholeheartedly endorse.
  28. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Nov 6, 2014
    50
    Laggies is the kind of indie film that gives the genre a bad name.
  29. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Nov 6, 2014
    50
    The best of Laggies, both in the writing and the playing, comes in the square-offs between Knightley and Rockwell.
  30. Reviewed by: Odie Henderson
    Oct 24, 2014
    50
    I cop to not being a fan of Lynn Shelton’s work. Her films fall apart in their third acts. Rather than simply crumble as they have in her prior work, the third act of Laggies implodes in grand fashion, spewing contrivances, bad clichés and an ending that is simply unforgivable.
  31. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Oct 16, 2014
    50
    The movie’s compromised tone, wavering between emo introspection and rom-com cuteness, is awkward in all the wrong ways.
  32. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Oct 22, 2014
    40
    As Laggies piles up one scene after another of Megan’s boyfriend and all her old high-school chums acting exaggeratedly square, the movie’s comic point of view becomes overpoweringly sour and predictable.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Nov 3, 2014
    6
    LAGGIES perfectly symbolizes everything right and wrong with the current indie film scene. On the one hand, the film, like others includingLAGGIES perfectly symbolizes everything right and wrong with the current indie film scene. On the one hand, the film, like others including JUNO, THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT, ENOUGH SAID, and FRANCES HA, capture the feel and sound of modern American life. They capture us now. The complexity, the selfishness, the difficulties, but mostly the sound and rhythm of urban America for a certain class. They even throw their protagonists so many obstacles that a person could just break down and die or worse, live a miserable life like a Cassavetes character. Unfortunately, and here's the rub, LAGGIES like the other films mentioned can't resist a Hollywood cliche or a happy Hollywood ending. It's shameful and feels like pandering, which is what it is. LAGGIES has so much going for it that the end with its tidy little bow kind of pissed me off. Full Review »