• 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
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Nov 6, 2014
    50
    Laggies is the kind of indie film that gives the genre a bad name.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jan 16, 2015
    7
    Keira Knightley's performance is absolutely stunning! All of her reactions towards the situation are real and very sincere. You can touch itKeira Knightley's performance is absolutely stunning! All of her reactions towards the situation are real and very sincere. You can touch it from the very first moment till the end. Although the plot is easily be predicted, this movie has great elements mixing together that make me badly miss my friends and high school life. Full Review »
  2. Jan 6, 2015
    7
    A deep, sensitive look at the struggles of early adulthood and the relationships made along that journey. Keira Knightley gives anotherA deep, sensitive look at the struggles of early adulthood and the relationships made along that journey. Keira Knightley gives another remarkable performance as a young lady with inner confusion. Sam Rockwell and Chloe Grace Moretz ain't half bad either. Full Review »
  3. 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 »