Lions for Lambs
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Two determined students at a West Coast University, Arian and Ernest, follow the inspiration of their idealistic professor, Dr. Malley, and attempt to do something important with their lives. But when the two make the bold decision to join the battle in Afghanistan, Malley is both moved and distraught. Now, as Arian and Ernest fight for survival in the field, they become the string that binds together two disparate stories on opposite sides of America. In California, an anguished Dr. Malley attempts to reach a privileged but disaffected student, who is the very opposite of Arian and Ernest.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 27%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Less a war drama than a set of dueling position papers."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"It's definitely flawed but I am recommending it."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Pitched with utter sincerity and rigorously filmed sans complexity, energy, life"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Slowly, you suffer the creeping realization that nothing is going to happen. Nothing."
‑ Heather Huntington,
"Lions for Lambs reminds us of what Hollywood does best, when it wants to."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"It means to use the Cruise-Redford-Streep star power to get us talking about things we ought to be talking about."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"There is much talk of paralysis in Robert Redford's what's-wrong-with-America movie Lions for Lambs, and there is a whole lot of the same in the movie itself."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Lions for Lambs is movie mutton."
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"for the rest of us who think that a piece of cinema should be more than that, Lions for Lambs leaves us feeling empty rather than sparked by the zeitgeist the film attempts to capture."
‑ Sean Gandert, Paste Magazine
"It attempts to conquer social, political and military all in the same film, but it doesn't knock any of them out of the park."
‑ Jeff Bayer, The Scorecard Review
"The film is built not upon characters and plot but upon ideas. That would be fine if the ideas were revolutionary or interesting, but they're fairly commonplace."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Though these dialogues are worthy, the medium doesn't seem right for the message."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"The film's points are made obvious the first minute and then monotonously drilled ad nauseum the remaining 87."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The absence of activists in the streets protesting the war in Iraq continues to confound; the empty seats at theaters showing Lions for Lambs will be somewhat easier to explain."
‑ Alonso Duralde, MSNBC
"For all of its good intentions and clear-eyed idealism, Lions for Lambs is not a movie, it is a political science lecture."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
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