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Leonera (Lion's Den) Reviews

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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
May 14, 2009
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Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 18, 2008
At its most interesting when it shows the lives of women and children prisoners, the film has the feel of a movie-of-the-week cliché when it returns to Julia's improbable crime.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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.
October 18, 2008
Gusman's performance is so strong and impressive.
July 3, 2009
A thoroughly captivating and engrossing drama with a raw, unforgettable performance by Martina Gusman.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.25/10
March 25, 2010
Less than the sum of its parts? Yes. Nice parts? Yes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
July 2, 2009
Part meticulous character study, part hyperrealist drama...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 17, 2008
Trapero eschews the predictable pleasures of the women-in-prison genre, always opting for introspection and diffusion over dramatic force.
Full Review | Original Score: 64/100
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
October 18, 2008
Pic's overall style and Martina Gusman's bold lead have a great deal to recommend them.
October 18, 2008
A powerful blast about jails in Argentina.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
May 15, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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