The uplifting La La Land is memorable and hype-worthy for its creative and successful homage to classic Hollywood musicals. Its romantic leads are terrific, and the movie's story is charming and unironic, writes Peter Bradshaw writes in The Guardian. This sweet-natured movie is worthy of its accolades.
La La Land fails to live up to its own hype, according to Nick Cannata-Bowman of CheatSheet. The movie suffers from quite a few obvious missteps. While the lead actors and cinematagraphy are solid, they don't make up for the thin story, slow pacing and shallow take on jazz. The movie is good but certainly not one of the year's best.