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Lion (2016)



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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Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of Kilometers 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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Dev Patel
as Saroo
Sunny Pawar
as Saroo (young)
Deepti Naval
as Ms. Sood
Divian Ladwa
as Mantosh
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Critic Reviews for Lion

All Critics (248) | Top Critics (41)

The beginning is harrowing and the end is heartbreaking.

June 6, 2018 | Rating: 7.8/10 | Full Review…

Lion represents a commitment from those involved and, flaws aside, it's an amazing tale of resilience and determination.

December 27, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Lion is a beautifully told, uplifting story of courage and determination.

December 23, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"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.

December 23, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Its themes are universal. Everyone has a home, and everyone feels connected to it, no matter how far they travel.

December 23, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…

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.

December 22, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

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.

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer


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

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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