Since the review embargo was lifted earlier this week, critics have been overwhelmingly praising director Greta Gerwig's adaptation of Little Women. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes currently holds the film at 98% "fresh" based on 43 reviews, while Metacritic's weighted rating, based on 23 reviews, is at 89, representing "universal acclaim."
As the follow up to her extremely well-received directorial debut in 2017, Lady Bird, Gerwig has possibly established herself as something of a fledgling auteur. The majority of Little Women's reviews praise the directing, acting (particularly Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, and Timothée Chalamet), and the fresh take on the story's enduring themes of family and womanhood.
I'm so pleased that this film is striking a chord with viewers. Hopefully its quality and Christmas release bode well for its box-office performance. How great would it be if Gerwig eventually did something with Meryl in lead?!