Lion (2016)

Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of Kilometers across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 25, 2016
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Lion's undeniably uplifting story and talented cast make it a moving journey that transcends the typical cliches of its genre.

James Berardinelli

Lion represents a commitment from those involved and, flaws aside, it's an amazing tale of resilience and determination.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

Its themes are universal. Everyone has a home, and everyone feels connected to it, no matter how far they travel.

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Nick Dent
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

The director, Garth Davis, gets strong performances from his cast -- a heart-to-heart scene between Patel and Kidman looks set to earn them both Oscar nominations.

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

Lion is a beautifully told, uplifting story of courage and determination.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Garth Davis uses close-ups sparingly and hits no false notes; cinematographer Greig Fraser creates a child's perspective by setting the camera at the hero's eye level and conveys the grandeur of India through sweeping panoramic and overhead shots.

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

Robustly made, but very little to gnaw on.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

"Lion" is a complex movie, with its profound themes of home and identity, and its tonally disparate halves. A smartly understated approach to Brierley's story holds it all together.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

"Lion" has one of those plot lines that feels like a Hollywood screenplay - except it actually happened.

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Virat Nehru

Lion is yet another seemingly inclusive film that does little more than pander to its target white audience.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
True stories can manipulate you into thinking that the actual story that happened is much more emotional that it actually way or vice versa. When a film chooses… More
Thomas Drufke
Lion isn't the most tightly directed film, nor the most emotionally impactful. But it's one of the most unique films I've seen this year. So… More
Kevin Mozulay
Most movies aren't as consistently good as Lion is. With two distinct halves, the first half is about a boy in India getting lost from his family, and the… More
John C
The first half of Lion (once again) based on a TRUE STORY is practically Slumdog 2.0 which is a good thing and one of the best films this year. The later part… More
Glenn Gaylord
THE CRYING SHAME - My Review of LION (3 1/2 Stars) When I think of the films that have reduced me to tears (TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, THE COLOR PURPLE, and THE… More
Philip Price
Lion is one of those films that is as pure in its intentions as it is obvious in them. There is no hiding the fact that this "based on a true story"… More