• R, 1 hr. 32 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Robert Redford
    In Theaters:
    Nov 9, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 8, 2008
  • MGM

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Lions for Lambs Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Pitched with utter sincerity and rigorously filmed sans complexity, energy, life

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 27, 2009
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Lions for Lambs is movie mutton.

Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly | Original Score: 1.0/5

February 2, 2009
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

The film's points are made obvious the first minute and then monotonously drilled ad nauseum the remaining 87.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 27, 2008
Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com

Slowly, you suffer the creeping realization that nothing is going to happen. Nothing.

Full Review Source: ReelzChannel.com | Original Score: 5/10

August 25, 2008
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine

for the rest of us who think that a piece of cinema should be more than that, Lions for Lambs leaves us feeling empty rather than sparked by the zeitgeist the film attempts to capture.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine

July 31, 2008

The absence of activists in the streets protesting the war in Iraq continues to confound; the empty seats at theaters showing Lions for Lambs will be somewhat easier to explain.

Full Review Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 2/5

May 1, 2008
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Lions for Lambs reminds us of what Hollywood does best, when it wants to.

Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Original Score: B

April 26, 2008
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review

It attempts to conquer social, political and military all in the same film, but it doesn't knock any of them out of the park.

Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Original Score: 5/10

March 4, 2008
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com

For all of its good intentions and clear-eyed idealism, Lions for Lambs is not a movie, it is a political science lecture.

Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com | Original Score: 5/10

February 28, 2008
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

It doesn't take a genius to know who is going to be sacrificed in this weak morality tale.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: C+

January 21, 2008
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Redford is to be commended for making a film that dares to navigate the "theater of ideas," despite its flaws.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B+

January 2, 2008
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Less a war drama than a set of dueling position papers.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

January 2, 2008
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

The interwoven narrative strategy that gradually reveals hidden connections is so old hat at this point that it feels more hackneyed than revelatory, even in such highly concentrated form.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2/5

December 1, 2007
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com

I'm not sure why Producer-director Robert Redford and writer Matthew Carnahan thought this was cinematic, but they were wrong.

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 3/10

November 24, 2007
Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com
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It means to use the Cruise-Redford-Streep star power to get us talking about things we ought to be talking about.

Full Review Source: Film.com

November 19, 2007
Roger Tennis
Cinemaclips.com

The long-winded speeches were made tolerable by the superb acting, but I got the point long before the speeches were over. I would have liked more of Luke and Pena. Still, Meryl Streep could easily grab a nomination. Meryl never whimpers - she roars.

| Original Score: 2/5

November 19, 2007
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Say this for Hollywood: At least it's trying to inject some semblance of sane debate into the Iraq War debacle ... But do its recruitment tools have to be so ineffectual?

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 2/4

November 18, 2007
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

Una película tan bienintencionada y oportuna como demagógica y sensiblera. Plantea un atendible debate de ideas, pero carece de personajes interesantes y, en definitiva, de fuerza dramática.

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 2/5

November 18, 2007
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org

Carnahan and Redford show that politicians bank on public apathy, and the film ends up as a call to action for people to simply become more engaged.

| Original Score: 5/10

November 17, 2007
Jason Solomons
Observer [UK]

It's an unironic work that demands the audience's attention and should provoke a personal, even physical, response from each individual.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

November 17, 2007
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