Lion Reviews

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June 6, 2018
The beginning is harrowing and the end is heartbreaking.
September 19, 2017
Based on a true story, it's a very appealing film, but an oddly shaped one.
January 23, 2017
A deeply empathetic performance from Dev Patel and an unflinching view of child poverty on the streets of Calcutta provide a winning edge to Lion.
January 22, 2017
Google Earth has blind spots and so does Lion. Still, it covers an awful lot of ground and the views are stunning.
January 20, 2017
Robustly made, but very little to gnaw on.
January 19, 2017
This big-hearted film does full justice to the horror, the pathos and the drama of his postmodern odyssey.
December 27, 2016
Lion represents a commitment from those involved and, flaws aside, it's an amazing tale of resilience and determination.
December 23, 2016
Lion is a beautifully told, uplifting story of courage and determination.
December 23, 2016
"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.
December 23, 2016
Its themes are universal. Everyone has a home, and everyone feels connected to it, no matter how far they travel.
December 22, 2016
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.
December 22, 2016
"Lion" has one of those plot lines that feels like a Hollywood screenplay - except it actually happened.
December 22, 2016
While the film is neither novel nor revolutionary, it's the kind of cinematic warm blanket that feels very comforting and satisfying right now...That it's a true story...makes it all the more affecting.
December 22, 2016
If you don't cry at the conclusion you need to retrieve your heart out of cold storage.
December 22, 2016
A heart-wrenching true story, with what could be one of the great child-actor performances of all time.
December 22, 2016
"Lion" is shameless and heartfelt and you'll probably have a good, happy cry at the end.
December 21, 2016
"Lion" is a family film in the best sense.
December 20, 2016
Lion celebrates the human will and the human need to find meaning and connection in life. If the final scenes don't have you blubbering, your humanity may need some fine-tuning.
December 9, 2016
Davis offers sweeping cinematic shots, with a soundtrack that is pleasingly epic, but the second act is a bit skimpy, script-wise.
December 8, 2016
Unless you are an utterly immovable cynic, the Australian melodrama Lion will coax out tears of sadness and of pure joy.
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