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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 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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  • 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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