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
DVD Release Date: April 11, 2017
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Critic Score: 85% 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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Alex Heeney
Seventh Row

These actors could have tackled much more difficult terrain, with grace and intelligence, had Davies and Davis given them the opportunity.

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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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Lauren Carroll Harris
Kill Your Darlings

What Lion does is take a culturally rich story and apply the conventions of middlebrow Western, feel-good cinematic storytelling.

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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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Abby Olcese
Kansas City Star

The movie's messages are thoughtfully and honestly communicated -- particularly the idea that "home" can mean more than any one place, person or even culture.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Sanjay Rema
An incredible true story told very well by Garth Davis and performed wonderfully by Dev Patel and the true star: Sunny Pawar. I work with children, and how you… More
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
Mark Hobin
There was a time when a picture like Lion would have easily won Best Picture. Beautifully shot and lovingly told, this is a grand epic that spans continents and… 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
Carlos Magalh„es
Despite the extraordinary story that it tells and a great beginning, Lion is an uneven drama that makes up for its flaws with a beautiful ending. Full review on… 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