Rather than reasoned thought and debate, the only thing this movie inspires is exasperation.
| Original Score: 1/5
This sometimes heavy-handed sermon about political apathy among the young, the stakes of media collusion with government, and the fog of war is almost certain to scare off the people it is intended to reach.
| Original Score: 3/5
The movie is a talkathon with a certain amount of military action. It could be presented about as well as a radio play.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Lions for Lambs is a civics lesson, necessary to be sure, but leaving us drained of resolve, wading in the morass it hoped to pull us out of.
Less a war drama than a set of dueling position papers.
It is more op-ed than movie.
| Original Score: C
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Redford confounds expectations, not politically but dramatically.
A shallow tar pit cluttered with skeletal ideas.
The movie's inadequacies exemplify the chief problem it diagnoses -- our society's reluctance to allot sufficient time for crucial issues to be defined and argued in depth.
Pitched with utter sincerity and rigorously filmed sans complexity, energy, life
Lions for Lambs is movie mutton.
| Original Score: 1.0/5
Meryl Streep gets yelled at by Tom Cruise in Lions for Lambs. A no-name actor gets yelled at by Robert Redford. And us? We get yelled at by everyone.
| Original Score: 1/4
Through sheer force of star power, Cruise manages to temporarily hijack this lumpy lecture, and turn it into a battle cry against the corporate media that both built and destroyed him.
Lions for Lambs is, to put it mildly, beyond stagey.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Pontificating aplenty in Robert Redford's preachy anti-war polemic.
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.
| Original Score: 5/10
Everyone sits and pontificates. It's one long speech. Too many words.