The ‘funny and brilliant’ satire from Greta Gerwig, with an all-star cast that includes Ryan Gosling as Ken, Margot Robbie as Barbie, and singer Dua Lipa, has received raving reviews from critics.

Audiences at an early showing of Greta Gerwig’s ambitious comedy Barbie, in which Margot Robbie’s eponymous blonde flees Barbieland to see the real world, reacted with ecstasy.

The film was praised as “perfection” by Variety’s social media editor Katcy Stephan, who also said: “Greta Gerwig presents a subtle commentary on what it means to be a woman in a whimsical, beautiful, and laugh-out-loud amusing romp. In characters they were obviously born to portray, Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling stand out among the rest of the group.

Joseph Deckelmeier, a writer for ScreenRant, claimed the movie was “funny, bombastic, and very smart.” He continued, calling Robbie “great” and Ryan Gosling and Simu Liu, who portray Kens, “pure entertainment,” saying that Greta Gerwig “aims for the fences and hits a home run.”

Greta Gerwig “somehow exceeded my expectations,” according to Jamie Jirak of, who also called the movie her fave of the year. I’m serious; give Ryan Gosling an Oscar nomination.

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Prior to its global release on July 21st, the cast and crew of the movie have been on a massive promotional tour. The co-writer of the movie, Noah Baumbach, was conspicuously absent from the Los Angeles screening on Sunday in support of the Writers Guild of America, which is presently on strike.

Greta Gerwig declared, “Noah Baumbach is not here. He is my co-writer, my companion in life and in art. He is fervently backing the WGA’s battle. He is the Barbie boy.

Speaking to the Observer, Gerwig said she and Baumbach had worked on the script during the pandemic. “There was this sense of wanting to make something anarchic and wild and completely bananas, because it felt, like, ‘Well, if we ever do get to go back to cinemas again, let’s do something totally unhinged.’”

Gerwig said she hoped the film would be an anarchic experience, crediting its inspiration to “the deep isolation of the pandemic, that feeling of being in our own little boxes, alone”.


Alongside Robbie, Gosling and Liu, the cast includes Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, Emma Mackey, Dua Lipa, Nicola Coughlan, America Ferrera, Will Ferrell, Michael Cera, Helen Mirren, Jamie Demetriou and Emerald Fennell.

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