A Lion in the House
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Five young people battle incurable disease as their families deal with their physical and emotional struggles in this powerful documentary from filmmakers Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert. A Lion in the House was largely filmed on Ward 5A of Cincinnati Children's Hospital, a wing devoted to children with cancer and related illnesses. The film focuses on five youngsters undergoing treatment there -- Justin Ashcraft, an 18-year-old who has been living with leukemia since age eight; Al Fields, an 11-year-old non-Hodgkin's lymphoma patient; seven-year-old Alex Lougheed, also with leukemia;… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even after four hours, we're left wanting to know a lot more--and with the sense that this desire may itself be one of those human strategies to cope with the overwhelming power of a most enigmatic and undiscriminating villain."
‑ Rob Nelson, Village Voice
"A heart-render and a hankie-drencher, it's a film of quiet, almost incalculable power."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"I'm recommending the movie because it must be regarded as an extraordinary expression of will, endurance and fortitude."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"An astonishing four-hour documentary that takes on a very difficult subject -- children with cancer -- and renders it with unflinching intimacy, uncommon compassion and, above all, a profound respect for the eternal enigma that is the human body."
‑ Scott Foundas, Variety
"How often do life's epic dimensions really get their due in documentary, let alone feature film?"
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"real and raw"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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