Lions for Lambs (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

Lions for Lambs (2007)



Critic Consensus: Despite its powerhouse cast, Lions for Lambs feels like a disjointed series of lectures, rather than a sharp narrative, and ends up falling flat.

Movie Info

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. Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C. the charismatic Presidential hopeful, Senator Jasper Irving, is about to give a bombshell story to a probing TV journalist that may affect Arian and Ernest's fates. As arguments, memories and bullets fly, the three stories are woven ever more tightly together, revealing how each of these Americans has a profound impact on each other and the world.more
Rating: R (for some war violence and language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Matthew Michael Carnahan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 8, 2008
Box Office: $15.0M


Robert Redford
as Professor Stephen Ma...
Meryl Streep
as Janine Roth
Tom Cruise
as Senator Japser Irvin...
Michael Peņa
as Ernest Rodriguez
Andrew Garfield
as Todd Hayes
Derek Luke
as Arian Finch
Peter Berg
as Lt. Col. Falco
Kevin Dunn
as Howard
Larry Bates
as Soldier
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Critic Reviews for Lions for Lambs

All Critics (188) | Top Critics (49)

Less a war drama than a set of dueling position papers.

Full Review… | January 2, 2008
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

It means to use the Cruise-Redford-Streep star power to get us talking about things we ought to be talking about.

Full Review… | November 19, 2007
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 17, 2007
Top Critic

Pitched with utter sincerity and rigorously filmed sans complexity, energy, life

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

Lions for Lambs is movie mutton.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Fayetteville Free Weekly

The film's points are made obvious the first minute and then monotonously drilled ad nauseum the remaining 87.

Full Review… | December 27, 2008

Audience Reviews for Lions for Lambs

The premise of the film is actually very interesting. It views the US war on terror from different parallel angles: a liberal reporter interviewing a republican senator (Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise), a university professor trying to get his student to become political again (Robert Redford and Andrew Spiderman Garfield) while two US soldiers, his former students, are under attack in the Afghan mountains. With names like this, you expect the acting to be top notch and the dialogs to be smart and to the point and all that's the case, especially in the excellent Washington part. The film has a lot of smart things to say about the state of America in its war on terror and demands to open up the discussion again. That's a noble thought. Sadly, the Uni office section doesn't always get to the point as sharply and the Afghan story line ends in the expected preachy way. In the end you're wondering what was actually accomplished in those 90 minutes. A lot is hinted at, nothing's resolved. But then again, at least it made you think about it all, that's gotta count for something.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer


I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Separate stories connected by a common theme telling a story from different perspectives made the movie relevant to political discussions about American policies and ideas of war. The movie also does the best job showing the price of war with the great lives sacrificed often for unjust reasons.

Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

It's frustrating me to see the critics rating this movie as if it was the worst of the year !
When I saw the theatrical trailer, I was totally waiting for the movie it actually shows: a movie where people talk... Talk about one of the most important subject of our time. I was not waiting for a thriller with conspiracies in every corner like the critics seemed to !
Okay, maybe the story was a little slow (but don't get me wrong, every lines were astonishing and the movie contains some breathtaking war scenes), but I thought each word was chosen perfectly and said by actors at their best. Ahh the actors ! Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise were completely admirable ! And well Robert Redford, without compting in his excellent direction job, acted greatly.
By forgetting what the critics said negatively about the abrupt ending, on my side, I thought it was very clever.

Finally, like it or not, it's still a movie every one should see.

Emile Tremblay

Super Reviewer

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