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Lola Versus (2012)


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 81
Fresh: 28
Rotten: 53

Critics Consensus: It's fun to see Greta Gerwig mature her acting career but Lola Versus -- with its unpleasant characters and completely familiar script -- does not succeed as her first major leading role.

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 15
Rotten: 16

Critics Consensus: It's fun to see Greta Gerwig mature her acting career but Lola Versus -- with its unpleasant characters and completely familiar script -- does not succeed as her first major leading role.


Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 5,184


Movie Info

Greta Gerwig plays Lola, a 29-year-old woman dumped by her longtime boyfriend Luke (Kinnaman) just three weeks before their wedding. With the help of her close friends Henry (Linklater) and Alice (Lister-Jones), Lola embarks on aseries of desperate encounters in an attempt to find her place in the world as a single woman approaching 30. -- (C) Fox Searchlight

R (for language, sexuality and drug use)
Directed By:
Written By:
Daryl Wein , Zoe Lister Jones
In Theaters:
Sep 11, 2012
Box Office:
Fox Searchlight Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Lola Versus

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (53) | DVD (3)

LOLA VERSUS puts the fun in dysfunctional love and is what happens when you shake life up a little bit and let it fall out of your hands.

Full Review… | November 8, 2013
Top Critic

It's such a mopey, navel-gazing affair that even Gerwig has a hard time saving it.

Full Review… | June 21, 2012
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

An extremely smart, exquisitely funny film about finding yourself amid the clang and clutter of contemporary life.

Full Review… | June 21, 2012
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 15, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

There's a Fitzgeraldian sense of generational malaise in all of this, but "Lola Versus" is convinced that it's hilarious.

Full Review… | June 15, 2012
Top Critic

It's a wonder Gerwig manages to keep the character endearing instead of grating, but she does.

Full Review… | June 15, 2012
Detroit News
Top Critic

I didn't dislike this movie because I'm a man. I generally disliked this movie because I felt the main character was a bit pathetic.

Full Review… | October 6, 2012
7M Pictures

Lola Versus has plenty of potential, but with a script that has absolutely no handle on its lead character, the experience quickly becomes unbearably frustrating.

Full Review… | September 14, 2012
We Got This Covered

More enjoyable than it ought to be.

Full Review… | August 24, 2012

So awesome, universe! The world hasn't been full enough yet of movies about women who are almost totally obsessed almost exclusively with romance that we cannot use one more of them. Hoorah!

Full Review… | July 31, 2012
Flick Filosopher

There's a distinct lack of individuality and insight and, appositely enough, if Lola Versus is about a woman floundering, as a film it can be accused of the same.

Full Review… | July 27, 2012
The List

[An] hour and a half of wearisome quirk and smut...

Full Review… | July 22, 2012
Daily Telegraph

The producer, Michael London, has been associated with some rather good films, but this is not one of them.

Full Review… | July 22, 2012
Observer [UK]

It doesn't always succeed but this sometimes affecting, sometimes darkly funny film is perfect sofa fodder for anyone nursing a broken heart.

Full Review… | July 19, 2012
Sun Online

Gerwig's dreamy style worked in Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress, because the movie created an eco-system of oddity in which that style could thrive. But here it just grates.

Full Review… | July 19, 2012

Gerwig's done enough good work to allow us to chalk this one up as a glossy blip.

Full Review… | July 19, 2012
Little White Lies

Enjoyable relationship comedy that commendably avoids some of the usual clichés and succeeds thanks to Greta Gerwig's natural charisma ...

Full Review… | July 19, 2012

Gerwig charms, but the laughs fall flat under the incessant naval-gazing.

Full Review… | July 19, 2012
Total Film

Essentially, this is Gerwig's natural charm versus her character and script's lack of it.

Full Review… | July 19, 2012
Eye for Film

Greta Gerwig makes something of a success out of this mixed bag of rom-com tropes and indie quirks.

Full Review… | July 17, 2012
Ultra Culture

[Gerwig's] presence in the center almost makes "Lola Versus" watchable even as it starts to get formulaic, preachy and tiresome.

Full Review… | July 12, 2012

... at heart it's just a trite and shallow Hollywood rom-com ...

Full Review… | July 5, 2012
Sacramento News & Review

"Lola Versus" is a heavyweight fight Gerwig just can't win.

Full Review… | June 28, 2012
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A more or less conventional sitcom in 'indie' disguise, the film functions most effectively as a low-wattage starring vehicle for the habitually charming Gerwig...

Full Review… | June 27, 2012
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Gerwig finally emerges bruised but resilient at the end. So it's not a total loss.

Full Review… | June 26, 2012
East Bay Express

Audience Reviews for Lola Versus

With Lola Versus we have the antidote to all the horrible break up/chick flick films, generally staring Ashton Kutcher, Sarah Jessica Parker or Jennifer Lopez etc etc. It's a very welcome change of pace although I think maybe people have taken it the wrong way. It is a very modern and actually quite relevant exercise at poking fun at moping self indulgent City folk and also a look at what is best in all its ordinary and boring splendour. It's a bit Woody Allen, a bit Altman and 100% New York. Much like the TV show Girls, it's part of the new wave of comedy fronted by the ladies, who prove that they can be funny after all. People aren't defined by their sex, stereotypes aren't simplified or exaggerated and on the few occasions they are, they are pointed out sarcastically. I can see how not everyone will be converted but I think Greta Gerwig is a perfect leader in this revolution. Oh, and it's very funny. More please.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Wasn't perfect, and a little slow in places, but likeable cast make this an enjoyable chick flick.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Hanging around in supporting roles for a while now, Gerwig has proven to be a likable presence. Her first lead role shows just how charismatic she is as few actresses could make such a self-involved character anything but repugnant.
The movie is full of the usual indie cliches, the kooky friend, the whacky liberal parents, the artistic nice guy and the hunky bad boy. The irony is that Kinnaman is portrayed as the villain of the piece yet comes across as the only remotely down to earth character. He has a maturity and a self-realization that none of the others possess. Despite being on the brink of their thirties, they treat life as if they are still in their teens. The whole thing reminds me of that nineties TV show "Felicity". Gerwig and her irritatingly quirky best friend Jones seem to think the world revolves around their orgasms, or lack of.
I suspect female viewers will find it hard to sympathize with Lola. After all she's an attractive and seemingly financially stable young woman who gets hit on by men on a regular basis. It's a bit like a female variation on "The Brothers MacMullen", a movie where three hunky brothers faced the earth-shattering dilemma of which of their various hot girlfriends to stick with.
There are times you'll just want to give Lola a good shaking. At one point she agrees to have dinner with a guy who is clearly a couple of futons short of a Greenwich loft. She then unbelievably allows him to penetrate her without a condom. Maybe Julian Assange was a technical advisor? Lola is an idiot who gets everything she deserves and a terrible role model for young women. The movie should be retitled "Lola Versus the Audience".

The Movie Waffler

Super Reviewer

In "Lola Versus," eveything goes as planned in the months before the wedding of Lola(Greta Gerwig) and Luke(Joel Kinnaman) until he unceremoniously dumps her. At least, she has cool friends like Alice(Zoe Lister Jones, who also-cowrote with director Daryl Wein), an actress, and Henry(Hamish Linklater), a musician, who let her sleep on their floors and feed her, even though Henry is also a friend of Luke's. So, now that Lola is single, she gets hit upon by Nick(Ebon Moss-Bachrach) while buying salmon at a deli. The important thing is for her to hold herself together until she defends her doctoral dissertation.

Like its heroine, "Lola Versus" is a likable mess with some nice moments. To be honest, there really is not that much of a story, just a series of episodes that try too hard to be funny which only serve to put it on the level of a second rate sitcom at times.(Like, who would put on an Ani DiFranco song during sex? And it's a guy!) It's a shame because there really is something here about a woman who is on her own emotionally for the first time in her life and forced to make decisions like what to do with all of her free time. Plus, Daryl Wein again shows his affinity for New York City in the locations he uses, especially probably being the first director to make use of the High Line cinematically. And where have you been, Debra Winger?

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Lola Versus Quotes

I'm slutty, but I'm a good person...
– Submitted by Andie B (2 years ago)
Is your log in still, letmebeyourhole?
– Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
I'm power eating.
– Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)

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