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100
CineVue
For all its postmodern smarts, La La Land has a heart as big as its Cinemascope screen. This is primarily down to the two leads, without their performances it would only be an empty, if impressive, exercise in dizzying technical skill and style.
100
I was utterly absorbed by this movie's simple storytelling verve and the terrific lead performances from Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone who are both excellent - particularly Stone, who has never been better.
100
La La Land wants to remind us how beautiful the half-forgotten dreams of the old days can be - the ones made up of nothing more than faces, music, romance and movement. It has its head in the stars, and for a little over two wonderstruck hours, it lifts you up there too.
100
The Playlist
La La Land is a film you simply never want to stop watching. It has wisdom and joy and sadness and such magic, from the evocative power of music to the transportative power of movies.
100
For Chazelle to be able to pull this off the way he has is something close to remarkable. The director's feel for a classic but, for all intents and purposes, discarded genre format is instinctive and intense.
91
It's a twinkling surface examination of how humans try to coordinate their dreams with their reality (a very Hollywood conundrum), but also a celebration of just how wonderful old filmmaking techniques and emotions look and feel on modern L.A. streets.
90
The musical is as malleable and eclectic a genre as any other, and Chazelle reminds us how effectively it can be applied to intimate moments as well as huge ones.
80
La La Land isn't a masterpiece (and on some level it wants to be). Yet it's an exciting ramble of a movie, ardent and full of feeling, passionate but also exquisitely - at times overly - controlled.
80
As a drama, this is less nourishing than the heritage it pays tribute to. But for Chazelle, the story is just a slight rib around which he builds a modern rhapsody.
75
La La Land is magically in tune with its reference points even as falls a few notes short of their greatness.
75
La La Land is magically in tune with its reference points even as falls a few notes short of their greatness.

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