Leonera (Lion's Den) Reviews

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July 31, 2009
The results are mixed -- a handful of moments of genuine, undeniable power, interspersed with a fair number of listless scenes.
July 3, 2009
The dimly lit, exquisitely composed cinematography, by Guillermo Nieto, adds to the draw of this highly recommended movie.
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.
July 2, 2009
Part meticulous character study, part hyperrealist drama...
July 1, 2009
A portrait of a subculture whose members take pride in walking their kids to the penitentiary's pre-K class.
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.
December 15, 2017
Leonera a gritty, earnest drama that mixes breast-feeding and screaming infants into more familiar scenarios of lesbian romance, shower assaults, strip-searches and bonfire riots.
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
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.
March 25, 2010
Real inmates are extras, real cells provide the scenery: it has the desperate vitality of something barely made-up.
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