By robbiefreeling | REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog October 11, 2007 at 5:22AM
...There's no denying that Lars and the Real Girl's defiantly good nature comes as something of a refresher, especially given that the oddball subject matter would normally be exploited for gross-out gags. Yet as a result, Lars feels wholly neutered, a wishful-thinking portrait of a reliably lovable outcast, who not only is almost entirely embraced in his antisocial behavior but also never comes up against much conflict. Therefore, the film's nearly Pollyanna-ish outcome--in which a town bands together in a show of epic enabling and a stunted man-child learns about personal growth--is practically a given, and the film moves along a steady, inoffensive track to a feel-good outcome. Click here to read all of Michael Koresky's review of Lars and the Real Girl.