Leonera (Lion's Den) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Leonera (Lion's Den) Reviews

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 4, 2010
Riveting, harrowing and thoroughly infused with hope and love, this prison drama is so realistic that it's often difficult to watch
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
March 26, 2010
Frustratingly, the film tells us little about the crime itself and the denouement is a little unconvincing. The taste of sweat and fear is, however, real enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
March 25, 2010
Real inmates are extras, real cells provide the scenery: it has the desperate vitality of something barely made-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
March 25, 2010
Less than the sum of its parts? Yes. Nice parts? Yes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Wood
Little White Lies
March 25, 2010
Lion's Den is an unqualified success.
| Original Score: 5/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
March 25, 2010
How do you raise a child in prison? Argentinian director Pablo Trapero tackles that question with affecting skill in this initially squalid yet ultimately uplifting social drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kate Stables
Total Film
March 25, 2010
No melodrama, no thriller twists, just Trapero's camera sticking to his lead actress like sweat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
March 25, 2010
[Features] a strong central performance and convincing depiction of the compartmentalisation of Argentina's women.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 31, 2009
The results are mixed -- a handful of moments of genuine, undeniable power, interspersed with a fair number of listless scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stan Hall
July 17, 2009
When it hits, the emotional intensity is ratcheted up, sometimes to overly showy levels, before ending relatively quietly with an escape attempt that, depending on one's view, is either gratifying or tragic.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 3, 2009
The dimly lit, exquisitely composed cinematography, by Guillermo Nieto, adds to the draw of this highly recommended movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
July 3, 2009
A thoroughly captivating and engrossing drama with a raw, unforgettable performance by Martina Gusman.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.25/10
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 3, 2009
Although it is not a comedy, Lion's Den is suffused with sense of life lived in the present. Even the grimmest moments are not exploited to instill fear and loathing.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
July 2, 2009
Part meticulous character study, part hyperrealist drama...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Fear
Time Out
July 1, 2009
A portrait of a subculture whose members take pride in walking their kids to the penitentiary's pre-K class.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
July 1, 2009
Once the film devolves into a drag-down fight for custody with Julia's mother, only Gusman's nuance saves us from a script that seems geared more toward screeching overacting.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
June 28, 2009
The film's only value may be to make foreign viewers aware, at the very simplest level, of the unique practices of the Argentinean penal system.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
May 14, 2009
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Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Emanuel Levy
March 10, 2009
The edgy, powerful performance of Martina Gusman (also director Pablo Trapero's wife and producer) as a pregnant woman accused of murder, elevates this Cannes Fest Argentinean entry above the trappings of the women behind bars genre.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
November 11, 2008
Por mais que tenha admirado a performance de Sandra Corveloni em Linha de Passe, não sei como Gusman pode ter saído de Cannes sem o prêmio de atuação na bagagem.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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