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Lion Reviews

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December 1, 2017
What it does , quite beautifully, is make a case for a common - and borderless - humanity. The strength and love that uphold families is palpable and powerful. Be sure and stay for the credits and have a hanky ready.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
November 19, 2017
...sends the audience on an epic adventure.
November 4, 2017
The picture does take a few exciting bold risks in act one, however, the rest of the movie plays out like a straightforward cable TV movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 3, 2017
Sad yet uplifting, frightening yet inspirational, Lion breaks your heart into a thousand pieces and puts them back together in the end. It makes you believe in miracles and embrace hardships by celebrating courage and resilience in its own unique way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 27, 2017
This one's a gem of a film. One that takes an already spectacular story and turns it into an absolute sublime experience. Those multiple Oscar nominations are much deserved.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 17, 2017
The ending is predictably lovely but it might have been lovelier still if we'd got there faster.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 1, 2017
The beats aren't anything new; the value is in the execution, and that's great.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 18, 2017
Based on a true story, it's a very appealing film, but an oddly shaped one.
September 11, 2017
Lion stirs emotions, but the storytelling is straightforward, not cloying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 29, 2017
Director Garth Davis' film Lion sits squarely in the category of real-life stories that are more astonishing than any fiction.
July 19, 2017
These actors could have tackled much more difficult terrain, with grace and intelligence, had Davies and Davis given them the opportunity.
July 19, 2017
What Lion does is take a culturally rich story and apply the conventions of middlebrow Western, feel-good cinematic storytelling.
June 23, 2017
The movie's messages are thoughtfully and honestly communicated -- particularly the idea that "home" can mean more than any one place, person or even culture.
June 15, 2017
The rest of the movie, which includes a big plug for Google Maps, concerns Saroo's search for his roots. Or, more likely, Patel's on-going search for a Hollywood career.
May 11, 2017
"Lion" is unadulterated cinema, reaching out to the audience to embrace and be embraced.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 13, 2017
works as an emotionally stirring portrait of sheer determination driven by the need to know where one comes from
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 1, 2017
Despite its wavering focus from its fascinating lead to his white supporting actors, this is an inspiring story about one young man's search for identity
Full Review | Original Score: 1-5 stars
March 24, 2017
"Lion" is a mediocre movie that should have been a good one. That still doesn't mean you shouldn't see it...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 10, 2017
Lion is an astounding, all-encompassing story of hope, determination and dumb luck that will leave you both crying like a baby and clapping like a seal once the credits roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 9, 2017
[It's] alternately emotionally wrenching and veering on the sentimental. But it never reduces itself to mawkishness so, by the end, we are rewarded for having seen it.
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