A Lion in the House

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This lauded documentary follows the lives of five young people as they deal with the harsh reality of childhood cancer. Ranging from ages 6 to 19, the kids in the film have their own ways of coping with the disease, often approaching their situations with courage and humor. Also featuring the children's parents, who must contend with the emotional and financial tolls of seeing their kids through treatment, the production presents incredibly difficult battles with a formidable disease.

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Critic Reviews for A Lion in the House

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  • Even after four hours, we're left wanting to know a lot more--and with the sense that this desire may itself be one of those human strategies to cope with the overwhelming power of a most enigmatic and undiscriminating villain.

    August 27, 2009 | Full Review…
  • I'm recommending the movie because it must be regarded as an extraordinary expression of will, endurance and fortitude.

    June 2, 2006 | Rating: A-
  • How often do life's epic dimensions really get their due in documentary, let alone feature film?

    June 2, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • A heart-render and a hankie-drencher, it's a film of quiet, almost incalculable power.

    June 2, 2006 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • An astonishing four-hour documentary that takes on a very difficult subject -- children with cancer -- and renders it with unflinching intimacy, uncommon compassion and, above all, a profound respect for the eternal enigma that is the human body.

    February 22, 2006 | Full Review…

    Scott Foundas

    Variety
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  • real and raw

    March 21, 2009 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for A Lion in the House

  • Aug 17, 2007
    full of the stuff you'd rather sweep under the carpet than entertain having to think about it's horrible to watch and scary but at the same time it makes you think about how lucky you are. what else can i say about it? i think the doctors in this documentry were so efficient you couldn't ask for more. the problem seems to lye with the pharmacutical companies that make all the new treatments for cancer that arent readily available yet. whether someone lives or dies is to do with business and company shares. awful really, but true. those children must've been so scared. poor fuckers
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