Lion Reviews

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August 31, 2019
Lion is at once a heartbreaker, a journey for the soul and the senses, and ultimately the life-affirming experience you need it to be.
August 7, 2019
It is far from being a perfect movie. However, it is a completely delightful watch that will stay with you past the last frames. Even the most cynical won't be able to resist the charm of Lion.
July 20, 2019
Lion is a mild success, one that will warm the heart but won't offer much food for thought.
June 4, 2019
A well made tear-jerker that manages to transcend the typical Oscar-bait material, even if its Google Earth sequences come off as a bit contrived.
April 17, 2019
Much hinges on the performance coaxed from Pawar, the year's littlest big star, who is ridiculously adorable and natural in the role.
March 19, 2019
The film's final scenes might feel a little predictable, but overall Lion is an admirable example of the way a personal story can shed light on broader issues such as identity, poverty and global inequality.
March 13, 2019
Once again, I can't believe this is Garth Davis' first movie. What a tremendous accomplishment!
March 8, 2019
Ultimately, a messy structure and jittery pacing leaves Lion feeling incoherent, with characters and subplots falling out of view as the film races towards an admittedly tearjerking end.
February 6, 2019
Lion, for the scope of its narrative and breadth of its ambitions, is not something that could be adequately told in 120 minutes.
December 20, 2018
Lion is as poignant of a film as it is wholly due to Pawar's unique ability to draw audiences in and captivate their hearts, a talent few adults - let alone children - have.
December 6, 2018
Lion is to adoption stories as rom-coms are to genuine romantic love: manipulative and sentimental....
November 19, 2018
The final resolution doesn't disappoint. Director Garth Davis...handles the emotions in a way that is satisfying and unsentimental.
November 3, 2018
The kind of film that roars with emotion, even if it isn't always hitting the mark.
October 31, 2018
Davis' direction is fairly assured, painting a convincing panorama of both India and (to a lesser extent) Australia as they are seen through Saroo's eyes, so in that sense the film is able to transcend some of its prestige trappings.
October 31, 2018
I would've liked the movie a lot more if it remained focused on the struggle for Saroo to find his cultural identity as opposed to his extensive searching of Google Earth.
August 30, 2018
It's emotionally compelling first half helmed by a powerful performance by Sunny Pawar drastically deteriorates into a middle of the road indie drama in the second.
August 27, 2018
I felt like the directing was understated...just trying its best to tell a good story, and to communicate as effectively as possible. It's a great movie.
August 24, 2018
It's a heart-wrenching puzzle full of scant clues and seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
August 22, 2018
Director Garth Davis... takes his time with the (true) story, flashing back and forth from today to all those years ago.
August 22, 2018
Extraordinary performances, particularly from young Pawar, Patel and Kidman, create a memorable and emotional story of family, identity and the need we all have to not only be loved, but to belong.
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