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

Leonera (Lion's Den) Reviews

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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
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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
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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.
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Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
October 18, 2008
Powerful, emotional filmmaking and acting give a lift to the familiar women-in-prison film.
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
October 18, 2008
Pic's overall style and Martina Gusman's bold lead have a great deal to recommend them.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4