coleman spilde’s review published on Letterboxd:
FINALLY! My absolute favorite film of the year. I cannot describe how deeply this touched me. I knew I would love it because it's Saoirse and Greta but it exceeded every last expectation.
(Lots of rambling!)
Sacramento holds a strange sadness in my heart that is also tinged with beauty and this movie stirred that in me in the strangest way. It also affected me because I know exactly what it's like to grow up in a small town (growing up in the Midwest and also having been to Sacramento make the line "it's the Midwest of California" even more true) and jump at the chance to move to New York. It holds so much more promise than anywhere in the vicinity of your humdrum life. And I know what it's like to struggle with your parents about that decision - the battle between feeling ashamed for wanting more and trying to get it and also letting yourself take pride in the ways you've grown.
The writing is so uniquely Greta - so meticulously detailed that it seems entirely effortless.
Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf, ladies and motherfucking gentlemen. And special recognition to Beanie Feldstein and Lucas Hedges as well.
I've got to see this again to really articulate every feeling I have about it, but what an incredibly special film. No doubt it is already one of my favorites of all time.