• 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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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
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
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
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
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders

Gushing about Streep is almost embarrassing, but...

Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 3/4

November 17, 2007
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

Screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan as a way with dialogue; the verbal confrontations between Malley and Todd and Janine and Irving are choice, and all actors are in top form.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

November 17, 2007
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online

Arian and Ernie are the young men of color who are acting out the plot the white folks are talking about.

Full Review Source: Nitrate Online

November 14, 2007
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

Tom Cruise does a creepy politician with an evil eye on the White House. Look out, Giuliani!

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

November 12, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's definitely flawed but I am recommending it.

November 12, 2007
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers

Score one for Robert Redford.

Full Review Source: Houston Community Newspapers | Original Score: 3/4

November 10, 2007
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Has worth because its subject matter has worth.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

November 9, 2007
Fred Topel
Can Magazine

The producers of Lions for Lambs are missing a tremendous marketing opportunity here. They should spell each L word with a Z instead of an L, and use the number 4 in between them. Lionz4lambz would be gangsta to the youth market.

Full Review Source: Can Magazine

November 9, 2007
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

This is an unapologetically liberal film. Does it preach to the choir? Absolutely. My own left-leaning views being what they are, I liked it on those terms, even as I acknowledge that some complexity would have been nice.

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 3/4

November 9, 2007
Pete Hammond
Maxim

Agree or disagree, love it or hate it, you won't be able to turn away. It's Robert Redford's urgent, impassioned wake up call for America.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

November 9, 2007
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Not surprisingly, the Redford segment is the best. His character, who hopes to save America one slacker at a time, rings true; and his real-life conviction and his fears for democracy come through.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B-

November 9, 2007
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's a fictional tale that has the immediacy of something hot off the presses -- something raw and clunky, but plugged into the moment - with characters talking about the same things people are talking about outside the theater.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

November 9, 2007
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee

Lions for Lambs is insightful and provocative.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

November 9, 2007
Armond White
New York Press

In the best directing of his auteur career, Redford turns Carnahan's original script into a modern-day version of what Sergei Eisenstein called 'Intellectual Montage.'

Full Review Source: New York Press

November 9, 2007
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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October 18, 2008

Sydney Morning Herald
November 17, 2007
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
November 17, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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November 17, 2007

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November 3, 2007
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