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
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
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
Most movies aren't as consistently good as Lion is. With two distinct halves, the first half is about a boy in India getting lost from his family, and the second half is about him trying to find his home again. It shows that a single, minute accident can completely change your life forever; and the beauty of Lion lies in the dynamic of it's simplicity and simultaneous complexity. The characters are so well written and this is even more obvious thanks to the ridiculously good performances from the entire cast. It's been a very long time since a movie has gotten this strong of an emotional reaction from me, and it's thoroughly glorious and emotionally resonating. From the stunning vistas and cinematography, to a soundtrack that fleshes out the story tenfold, to the acting of everyone involved, make for a masterpiece. From the first frame to the last, it's as a beautiful sprawling epic and ties with La La Land as the best film of 2016.
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