Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jun 8, 2012
    83
    Lola is, in other words, a believable heroine for our times.
  2. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Jun 21, 2012
    75
    This is a movie that manages to be light and funny and still transcend age, background and culture to treat with compassion our ability to behave in our own worst interests and still nurture hope for the future.
  3. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jun 6, 2012
    75
    Gerwig transforms the ordinary screenplay into something that is by turns charming, touching, and funny.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Jun 4, 2012
    70
    It's one girl against the world in Lola Versus, a snappy yet sincere romantic comedy that begins where others end, with the proposal and wedding plans pointing toward happily ever after.
  5. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jun 6, 2012
    67
    Gerwig is adorable, but that's both good and bad, as the movie can't stop cuing us to see that Lola's winsomeness will rescue her.
  6. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jun 4, 2012
    67
    Gerwig singlehanded carries this blithe, generally forgettable story.
  7. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Jun 14, 2012
    63
    At 24 minutes, Lola Versus might be a middling episode of a sitcom like "New Girl." At 87 minutes, it is a gracefully aimed arrow shot in the air. Where it lands, Wein and Lister Jones know not where.
  8. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Jun 7, 2012
    63
    Lola Versus, like Lena Dunham's show "Girls," brings an indie perspective and cast to this mainstream genre. In the more limited medium of film, this is a mixed bag.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jun 22, 2012
    60
    Like the character at its center, Wein's film suffers from a certain sense of inertia, which is where Gerwig comes in.
  10. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Jun 5, 2012
    60
    More than subverting or satirizing the modern lady-in-crisis movie, he has made a big, broad stoner comedy, shot and performed naturalistically, from a woman's point of view. Narratively, it's not a huge shock where the film ultimately goes, but there are a number of fun surprises along the way.
  11. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jun 4, 2012
    60
    Convincing in its depiction of late-20s romantic anxiety (if not of that age bracket's real estate realities), it is broadly appealing without bowing too deeply to formula.
  12. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Jul 12, 2012
    58
    That strong presence in the center almost makes Lola Versus watchable even as it starts to get formulaic, preachy and tiresome.
  13. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jun 21, 2012
    50
    Lola Versus isn't a bad movie. It's just not a particularly noteworthy one. It's too self-consciously ... everything.
  14. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Jun 20, 2012
    50
    What's translated to film feels like a rough draft, with bullet points at beginning and end, demarcating Lola lost, Lola found. And in the middle? A vast, vague maw.
  15. 50
    Lola Versus is all Greta all the time, a bonanza for fans and proof that Gerwig's easy offbeat charm, obvious smarts and physical comedy gifts can carry a film.
  16. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jun 14, 2012
    50
    Lister is quite funny and engaging. It's just too bad that some of that screenwriting wit couldn't have been shared with the movie's protagonist.
  17. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jun 14, 2012
    50
    A well-intentioned indie that tries to be a "real" version of a Hollywood romantic comedy and ends up feeling more ersatz than ever.
  18. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Jun 7, 2012
    50
    Here that soul-baring, soul-searching is the centerpiece of the film. Unfortunately, not much else about Lola Versus matches that standard.
  19. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Jun 7, 2012
    50
    It is the movie's uneven writing-half funny and daring, half punishing and senseless-that proves to be Lola's biggest opponent.
  20. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Jun 6, 2012
    42
    Take Lola Versus, a Greta Gerwig vehicle that feels like a pilot awaiting pick-up from a network that doesn't exist.
  21. Reviewed by: James Mottram
    Jul 19, 2012
    40
    You'd think Greta Gerwig's bones were hurting, so achingly hip is this irritating New York indie.
  22. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jun 7, 2012
    40
    In spite of its scruffy look and slack pacing, it often rings as false as any of the big, shiny and soft studio rom-coms (starring Kate Hudson or Katherine Heigl, say) of the last decade.
  23. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jun 7, 2012
    40
    Don't be fooled by the indie trappings: despite its downtown vibe, Lola Versus is as clich├ęd as any Hollywood rom-com.
  24. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jun 5, 2012
    40
    Gerwig is plenty charming, considering the rote stuff she has to work with. Yet this still feels like a real devolution - hopefully short-lived - after her distinctively eccentric turns in "Greenberg" and "Damsels in Distress."
  25. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    Jun 4, 2012
    40
    Lola Versus arrives with a pedigree that suggests it should be better than it sounds. It isn't.
  26. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Jun 14, 2012
    38
    Gerwig remains one of the most captivating new stars to hit the big screen, but she's still looking for a movie that deserves her.
  27. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jun 4, 2012
    25
    A year in the life of a young woman unhappy in love and uncertain in career, Lola Versus could easily be faulted for the narrowness of its worldview.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Sep 4, 2012
    5
    Definitely plays to the female demo, but not a bad movie for a guy to earn points from watching it with that special someone. Great opening, but other than the soundtrack, nothing stood out. Standard good performance from Greta Gerwig and some nice supporting roles, but a bland though sometimes entertaining indie. Full Review »
  2. Aug 31, 2012
    3
    Not a very good movie. It doesn't really go any where, and when it ends you fell like you wasted an hour and a half of your life. Pretty slow and boring, not very funny or romantic it's really just a bland movie. There were a few laughs but very far apart. There wasn't any bad acting but nothing special. I got the feeling like they were trying to emulate HBO's Girls in the tone and the dialogue, but it just comes off as unfunny. Don't bother with this movie. 3/10 Full Review »
  3. Jun 9, 2012
    6
    Lola Versus, great movie, but have some little problems. The trama is great, but have a bad development, and in some parts the movie is boring. The performances are cool, but not are the better point of this movie. Lola Versus is good. Full Review »