Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for Lion
The beginning is harrowing and the end is heartbreaking.
Lion represents a commitment from those involved and, flaws aside, it's an amazing tale of resilience and determination.
Lion is a beautifully told, uplifting story of courage and determination.
"Lion" is a complex movie, with its profound themes of home and identity, and its tonally disparate halves. A smartly understated approach to Brierley's story holds it all together.
Its themes are universal. Everyone has a home, and everyone feels connected to it, no matter how far they travel.
Garth Davis uses close-ups sparingly and hits no false notes; cinematographer Greig Fraser creates a child's perspective by setting the camera at the hero's eye level and conveys the grandeur of India through sweeping panoramic and overhead shots.
Audience Reviews for Lion
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.
There was a time when a picture like Lion would have easily won Best Picture. Beautifully shot and lovingly told, this is a grand epic that spans continents and decades. Changing tastes have maligned these kinds of dramas with derisive adjectives like sentimental, melodramatic or, heaven forbid, old fashioned. The production is none of those things. What it represents, is one man's exquisitely composed reminiscence of his life on this earth, a journey that takes him from India to Australia. The narrative builds to a conclusion that had me weeping at the end in an uncontrollable catharsis. It highlights a lot of concepts with sensitivity: the importance of family, the considerations of adoption, one's own identity, the wonders of the internet and love. It's an experience I won't soon forget. fastfilmreviews.com
Despite the extraordinary story that it tells and a great beginning, Lion is an uneven drama that makes up for its flaws with a beautiful ending. Full review on filmotrope. com
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