It got high ratings on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. But low reviews on IMDb.
It's a remake of the original "Gloria". It has an all star cast. Julianne Moore, John Tuturro, Michael Cerra, Brad Garrett, Holland Taylor, Jean Tripplehorn, and Rita Wilson.
The main character Gloria seems pretty typical. But she is obviously bad at judging character.
Arnold, from his very first appearance, is a weirdo. Everyone seems to realize this, except Gloria. He has no opening line. He only talks about himself. The only question he ever asks Gloria is what is her name. He's a self-centered narcissistic baby. He cannot handle his personal life. And when he isn't talking about himself, he is crying about his problems. Which even to Gloria stem from his inability to handle them like an adult.
When Gloria introduces him to her family, he strangely disappears because he is not the center of attention. Both worrying Gloria and embarrassing her.
Normal women would have blown him off immediately either because of his poor self introduction, or because he only always talks about himself.
I don't think Gloria is a testament to what middle age divorced single women face regularly. As much as it is, all the trouble one can get into if they cannot judge character.
GLORIA BELL is almost a word-for-word remake of GLORIA. You're probably thinking "Duh! Why would you expect something different when the writer/director is the same person?" Well, Sebastián Lelio claimed that it was going to be a reimagining. If he had been honest, I might been more forgiving, but this form of redundancy results in boredom. These are the only memorable differences: 1) The way the end credits are shown is disappointingly more standard. 2) There's no peacock, which is an improvement. Symbolism doesn't work if you halt the plot to bring a being/object out of nowhere that feels out of place, because then the viewer is too aware of it. 3) The title character's vagina isn't shown. Not that I need to see that. It's just weird to recreate almost all of the shots only to change that one meaningless detail. Julianne Moore's performance is good, but she was miscast. The protagonist is supposed to be a divorced woman with grown-up children getting close to old age, for whom getting a boyfriend isn't impossible but also not "I snap my fingers and it'll come true" easy. She's afraid of being alone for the rest of her life and she feels that she doesn't have a lot of time left to find love again. All of this worked when she was played by Paulina García. She's by no means ugly, but also not what you'd call conventionally attractive. And you can tell how old she is. Moore is prettier and looks younger (despite being the same age), so I don't buy that she would have the same worries. At least not to the point where she would want to hold on to her youth for as long as possible.