Barbie struck a high note with critics, who called the upcoming film ‘dazzling’ in early reviews.
Critics who viewed the flick have shared their thoughts on Rotten Tomatoes, with one describing the highly-anticipated Margot Robbie film as ‘one of the most entertaining movies of the year.’
The Barbie movie is set to land in theaters on July 21, with Margot, 33, leading the cast as the eponymous Barbie doll alongside her boyfriend Ken, played by Ryan Gosling, 42.
Critics also praised director Greta Gerwig, 39, for achieving ‘a pleasing balance between the silly and the serious.’
‘This is a truly original work – one of the smartest, funniest, sweetest, most insightful and just plain flat-out entertaining movies of the year,’ Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gushed.
Critic pleaser: Barbie struck a high note with critics, who called the upcoming film ‘dazzling’ and ‘one of the most entertaining movies of the year’ in early reviews
Meanwhile Coleman Spilde from The Daily Beast was dazzled by the film.
‘In Gerwig’s capable hands, even a movie about the one of most popular toys of all time eludes expectations at every turn. Barbie is her mainstream masterpiece, a dazzling dream that will touch the souls of everyone who sees it.’
Chandler Levack of Globe and Mail called the film ‘both a master’s thesis on feminism and an Austin Powers-esque romp.’
‘The zaniness of Barbie, combined with Gerwig’s interest in skewering the patriarchy, sometimes makes the movie a baggy, tonally dissonant viewing experience. But for the most part, she achieves a pleasing balance between the silly and the serious,’ Ann Hornaday from the Washington Post wrote.
Katie Walsh from Tribune News Service called the film a ‘barbed statement wrapped in a visually sumptuous & sublimely silly cinematic confection.’
Others praised the film for being soulful, including TheWrap’s Tomris Laffly.
‘A soulful film underneath all the persistent fuchsia. One that has heart and ambition as well as abundant beauty, inside and out.’
Many also praised the cast for their dynamic performances.
Barbie world: The Barbie movie is set to land in theaters on July 21, with Margot, 33, leading the cast as the eponymous Barbie doll alongside her boyfriend Ken, played by Ryan Gosling, 42
‘Thesis on feminism’: Critics who viewed the flick have shared their thoughts. Chandler Levack called the film ‘both a master’s thesis on feminism and an Austin Powers-esque romp’
Dynamic pair: Many also commended the actors, including Robbie and Gosling (pictured 2022). ‘This is the funniest cast I’ve seen in some time,’ Peter Howell of the Toronto Star wrote
Dream team: Critics applauded director Greta Gerwig, 39 (pictured center) for achieving ‘a pleasing balance between the silly and the serious’; The trio pictured on June 25 in Los Angeles
‘What really makes this comedy click are the stellar performances, from the lead role on down. This is the funniest cast I’ve seen in some time,’ Peter Howell of the Toronto Star wrote.
‘This is a wonderfully fun watch that somehow manages to simultaneously celebrate and satirise the Barbie brand, its feminism and girliness pairing like gorpcore sandals with a floaty pink skirt,’ Alice Saville from Time Out wrote.
Justin Chang from the Los Angeles Times praised Robbie in his review.
‘Robbie takes an archetype long dismissed as an airheaded caricature and, moment by deeply felt moment, teases and fleshes her out,’ he wrote.
Aside from Robbie and Gosling, other members of the cast include Will Ferrell, Kate McKinnon, Michael Cera, Emma Mackey, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Rhea Perlman, Ariana Greenblatt, Ana Cruz Kayne, Alexandra Shipp, Ritu Arya, Sharon Rooney, Connor Swindells, Scott Evans and Jamie Demetriou.
IMDB synopsis of the movie reads: ‘A doll living in ‘Barbieland’ is expelled for not being perfect enough and sets off on an adventure in the real world. A Live-action feature film based on the popular line of Barbie toys.’
For the Australian actress, bringing the beloved children’s toy to life was slightly daunting due to mixed feelings about what the doll represents.
Speaking on a pre-recorded interview with Good Morning America on Tuesday, the actress explained: ‘I was both scared and excited by the idea that people were gonna come into this movie already feeling very strongly about the protagonist.’
Robbie promised the film would be far from ‘surface level’ thanks to the script and direction by Greta Gerwig.
The actress continued: ‘I think in a lot of other hands, a Barbie movie would remain surface level.
Apprehensive: Margot recently shared her initial fears when signing on to take on the role of iconic doll, but promised the film would be far from ‘surface level’; Pictured July 12 in London
Competition: Barbie will see stiff competition from Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer — with both movies being released on Friday — which critics have hailed as a ‘total knockout’
‘But I knew Greta was gonna have a lot to say, and I knew she was gonna Trojan Horse a lot of – big issues within a very fun world.’
Revealing her hopes for the movie, the Wolf of Wall Street star stated: ‘I hope people walk away… I hope that they feel good about themselves watching it.
‘I feel like there’s some sorta relief in this movie and that the message ultimately is, “You’re good. You’re good as you are.”‘
Barbie will hit the theaters on July 21 and will see stiff competition from Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer — set to be released on the same day — which critics have hailed as a ‘total knockout’ and ‘spectacular achievement’ following its premiere in Paris.
Oppenheimer features an all-star cast and is led by Cillian Murphy, who plays the theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer., also known as the father of the Atomic bomb.
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