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Lion Reviews

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July 19, 2017
These actors could have tackled much more difficult terrain, with grace and intelligence, had Davies and Davis given them the opportunity.
February 9, 2017
The many flaws of Lion overshadow its few strengths, resulting in a disjointed film that's uneven in both tone and quality.
January 23, 2017
Drab and predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 1, 2017
What may well have been a reflection on the moral poverty of the world, soon becomes an irritating melodrama. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 13, 2016
Davis' talent feels hammered down by Luke Davies' screenplay adaptation that ultimately meanders around until it comes to a lackluster halt.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 20, 2017
Lion is yet another seemingly inclusive film that does little more than pander to its target white audience.
Full Review | Original Score: Strongly Not Recommended
February 9, 2017
Endless scenes of Patel frowning at a laptop screen also prove decidedly uncinematic, and awareness of the story's tear-jerking happy ending erases any potential for tension.
September 11, 2016
We spend more time with Saroo looking at maps, looking at Google Earth, and pushing people away than we do with him considering the fact that he's never really assimilated into Australian culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 1, 2017
A conventional film with strong tendencies towards being tearful and musical. [Full review in Spanish]
February 21, 2017
A drama similar to Hallmark Entertainment films, raised by a rather nice cast. [Full review in Spanish]
October 14, 2016
Obviously an extraordinary experience for the real-life protagonists, but for the movie viewer not so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 17, 2016
True story or not, there is no denying that Lion is a largely empty film. A paint-by-numbers production, Lion is following a simple set of instructions for achieving an emotional response from its audience.
December 23, 2016
Davis and screenwriter Luke Davies aggressively strum the heartstrings, but the film falters as it focuses more on product placement than people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 19, 2017
What Lion does is take a culturally rich story and apply the conventions of middlebrow Western, feel-good cinematic storytelling.
November 23, 2016
Lion goes again and again where you expect it to, delivering little more than the awards-season equivalent of Homeward Bound.
Top Critic
November 23, 2016
The movie could have examined the limitations of white liberalism, the damage that well-meaning people can do if they don't educate themselves along the way. Instead, it embodies that well-meaning approach, and all the harm it can do.
December 21, 2016
...so predictable in the way that it manipulates your emotions that it leaves you feeling like the victim of a con game.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
November 23, 2016
We've watched this young man struggle and fight for answers, only to have them drop into his lap at precisely the right moment. It's a drastic misstep that ruins whatever chance Lion had of doing justice to a fascinating true story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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+
January 19, 2017
Middlebrow mediocrity served up by the Weinsteins on a silver platter for awards season.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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