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3,753 Ratings

La La Land

Directed by Damien Chazelle
United States, 2016
Comedy, Drama, Musical


While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.

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La La Land Directed by Damien Chazelle

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2016 | Winner: Golden Lion

Academy Awards

2017 | 8 nominations including: Best Motion Picture of the Year

2017 | 6 wins including: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Toronto International Film Festival

2016 | Winner: People's Choice Award

Chazelle makes sure we can see Gosling and Stone in full when they dance, right away proving he’s a better director than Baz Luhrmann or Rob Marshall. But when Sebastian complains about the dumbness of a tapas restaurant that’s also a samba club, Chazelle sets up a problem for his film that lesser directors spare themselves in their egregiousness. He raises the question of why people love crap, then answers it by making the kind of crap people love.
February 24, 2017
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I enjoyed watching the movie quite a bit, and at this very moment I am listening to the melancholy song at the movie’s heart (“City of Stars”), and I am enjoying that experience as well, because the song is good; I am also, at one and the same time, loathing myself because the movie is loathsome. And that is a weird position to be in. And that is what I want to talk about.
February 21, 2017
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For Chazelle, “Another Day of Sun” functions as “a warning sign to people in the audience. If people are not going to be comfortable with it, they’ll leave right away.” La La Land thus almost dares audiences to accept and celebrate this unrealistic cinematic convention, and for a 21st century musical, that’s a somewhat rare approach to take.
February 11, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film La La Land

    La La Lame. Fists what it pitifully tried to pay homage to. rounds worth of clichés. Emma Stone carries the whole movie by herself. Gosling is invisible and plain. Chazelle's a phony & pretentious wide-eyed "film lover" that "creates" a hollow, shallow, & meaningless film. A corpse has more spunk than this. Predictability fest. Nothing sadder than puke soup sold as sophisticated Vichyssoise. G'ahead, Oscar it∇

  • LauraPalmer's rating of the film La La Land

    "La La Land is the best film of 2016". NO. La La Land is the most overrated film of 2016. The first half has some good scenes but that's all. In fact, I'm giving 3 stars just because of the cinematography. Have you seen Moonlight? Have you seen Arrival? Have you seen American Honey? ...Probably. And you still prefer La La Land. What a fucking joke.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film La La Land

    With Whiplash, I didn't doubt Chazelle as a filmmaker, but as a purveyor of hard truths. So maybe this is his true calling: a rush of joyous nostalgia, alive with color, motion, and wit. La La Land contains shots that are close to godliness, with the giddy sense of a young talent "making it new". I'm not sure it adds up to anything meaningful, but since when did we expect that of musicals? Even pretentious ones?

  • dionysus67's rating of the film La La Land

    Even if seemingly it distances itself from a sugary reconciliation this new look at old classics of the genre bears all the marks of ideological filmmaking and of deeply embedded reactionary pragmatism in Hollywood vocabularies. Visually, it is artificial artifice (light years behind Demy's magisterial films, which breathe life into artifice), acted along the well-known emotionally manipulative Hollywood formulae.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film La La Land

    No substance and little drama. Besides the ending rendezvous, there's always only a slight hint of any kind of complication and it's always resolved too easily and rather quickly. Gosling and Stone have chemistry/charisma, but their thin, archetypal characters give them nothing to work with. La La Land is the shoeshine boy of musicals, polishing the boots of greater films and directors of the type.

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film La La Land

    Every new generation has the right to believe to be the first one to have discovered musical comedies. So after 'Cabaret', 'Hair', 'Chicago' and 'Moulin Rouge', here's 'La La Land'. I simply regret that the only great American musical of the last 50 years, Francis Ford Coppola's 'One From the Heart', has been disregarded since its theatrical release. Recommended.

  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film La La Land

    A rather arid and calculated exercise in conventional Hollywood cliches with a few retro-euro touches as added garnish. Are we so starved of musicals now (yes, is the answer) that such a wafer thin outing catches the eye if not the ear? Demy did it better.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film La La Land

    I am aware of the influences: Singin' in the Rain, An American in Paris, Astaire/Rogers, the New Orleans Jazz scene, the meta flourishes, the hipster muso sensibilities, memories of past love, and high-minded aspirations of romantic millennials. I get it. Stone and Gosling are a delightful pair, and Chazelle proved a commendable director with 'Whiplash', but it is far more self-congratulatory than genre-defining.

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