Lion

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Lion's undeniably uplifting story and talented cast make it a moving journey that transcends the typical cliches of its genre.

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Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

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Critic Reviews for Lion

All Critics (265) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (224) | Rotten (41)

  • The beginning is harrowing and the end is heartbreaking.

    June 6, 2018 | Rating: 7.8/10 | Full Review…
  • A deeply empathetic performance from Dev Patel and an unflinching view of child poverty on the streets of Calcutta provide a winning edge to Lion.

    January 23, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Google Earth has blind spots and so does Lion. Still, it covers an awful lot of ground and the views are stunning.

    January 22, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Robustly made, but very little to gnaw on.

    January 20, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This big-hearted film does full justice to the horror, the pathos and the drama of his postmodern odyssey.

    January 19, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Director Garth Davis and screenwriter Luke Davies throw all the soap suds at the story.

    January 19, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lion

  • May 06, 2017
    Lion is based on a true story that is both incredibly uplifting and heartbreaking. Don't watch any trailers - go in blind. This film is a must-see.
    Sean T Super Reviewer
  • Apr 20, 2017
    Yes the movie is sentimental, but most of it feels earned. I think this is due to the straightforward linear narrative (a rare thing these days) without any voice-over narration (an even rarer thing these days) that allows the audience to experience everything without really knowing where it's headed.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 25, 2017
    An incredible true story told very well by Garth Davis and performed wonderfully by Dev Patel and the true star: Sunny Pawar. I work with children, and how you get a 6 year old to act as amazingly as he did is beyond me. It is an interesting and important story than informs and entertains.
    Sanjay R Super Reviewer
  • Mar 15, 2017
    You go into this movie pretty much knowing how it is going to end, but it still takes hold of you. This gripping cinematography is accompanied by a beautiful score, and the direction is somewhat entrancing. Hats of to the actors in this film young and old alike, I was no disappointed in the least great film.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer

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