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Lions for Lambs Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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David Fear
Time Out
January 18, 2008
| Original Score: 3/6
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
January 2, 2008
Less a war drama than a set of dueling position papers.
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November 19, 2007
It means to use the Cruise-Redford-Streep star power to get us talking about things we ought to be talking about.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 17, 2007
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 17, 2007
The film is built not upon characters and plot but upon ideas. That would be fine if the ideas were revolutionary or interesting, but they're fairly commonplace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 12, 2007
It's definitely flawed but I am recommending it.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
November 9, 2007
There is much talk of paralysis in Robert Redford's what's-wrong-with-America movie Lions for Lambs, and there is a whole lot of the same in the movie itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 9, 2007
Though these dialogues are worthy, the medium doesn't seem right for the message.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
November 9, 2007
Lions for Lambs appears to have been created by someone who's never seen one of these newfangled contraptions called 'movies,' or for that matter, witnessed that phenomenon known as 'speech.'
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 9, 2007
When a filmmaker directs himself in a role that's hopelessly dull, is that professional suicide, or just kindness in not burdening some other actor with the part?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 9, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 9, 2007
This sometimes heavy-handed sermon about political apathy among the young, the stakes of media collusion with government, and the fog of war is almost certain to scare off the people it is intended to reach.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Christy Lemire
Newsweek
November 9, 2007
Carnahan's script is thoughtful, but its ideal venue may be a college debate class, not your local multiplex.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 9, 2007
Lions for Lambs is Redford's latest film as a director. It's also, sadly, one of his weakest.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 9, 2007
Unfortunately, a single, compelling plot would have been far more effective than earnest lectures in triplicate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 9, 2007
It's commendable that the filmmakers didn't make a strident screed, but did they have to settle for a waffling yak-fest?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 9, 2007
Unlike other recent dramas such as Rendition, the film never feels like it's preaching. Instead, it just urges: Whatever you believe, do something.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
November 9, 2007
Lions for Lambs marks Robert Redford's seventh film as director...and it's certainly not his best. But I'll say this for it: It's his bravest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 9, 2007
It's missing the movie part of being a movie. And so it sort of just sits there talking.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 9, 2007
The film doesn't so much end as just stop. We're left thinking less about what we've heard than about what we haven't seen -- a satisfying movie.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 9, 2007
Lions for Lambs is a civics lesson, necessary to be sure, but leaving us drained of resolve, wading in the morass it hoped to pull us out of.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 9, 2007
Like many a Hollywood political drama, Lions for Lambs carries a full head of steam that is indistinguishable from a lot of hot air.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 9, 2007
...a passionate but mannered rhetorical exercise.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 9, 2007
It does not feel good to report that a movie with Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, and Tom Cruise makes the eyelids droop. But that's what Lions for Lambs does.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
November 9, 2007
Redford and Carnahan would like us to ponder our role in their fate. And maybe we would, if the lecture weren't so dull and self-satisfied.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 9, 2007
Lions for Lambs appears to have taken its inspiration from Al Gore's stolid An Inconvenient Truth, using the stage lecture and Power Point presentation in lieu of dramatic momentum.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 9, 2007
The movie is a talkathon with a certain amount of military action. It could be presented about as well as a radio play.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 9, 2007
...Lions for Lambs is also stagy, and worse, dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 8, 2007
A shallow tar pit cluttered with skeletal ideas.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 8, 2007
The movie may use a lot of words, but it doesn't mince them, and its very directness is a relief.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 8, 2007
Career Politicians, the Fourth Estate and Disaffected Youth all earn a stern knuckle rapping in Lions for Lambs.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 8, 2007
Robert Redford (who also directed), Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep might just as well have appeared on-screen for a couple of minutes with signs that said, 'War is bad,' and been done with it. Saves everyone the cost of a ticket.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
November 8, 2007
What we have here isn't a drama so much as a dramatized position paper in three parts.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
November 8, 2007
A hopelessly stilted political drama that plays like U.S. News & World Report: The Movie.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 8, 2007
Redford confounds expectations, not politically but dramatically.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 8, 2007
For all its passion and topical currency, the movie plays too often like a college colloquium.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
November 8, 2007
Streep's impassioned performance exemplifies the seriousness of the stakes, but a lot of liberal hand-wringing, however commendable, does not in itself a movie make.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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David Germain
Associated Press
November 7, 2007
Much of the movie plays like a civics lesson.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 7, 2007
The tiny scale and armchair talkiness mark the movie as a bit of a folly, an act of idealistic hubris in today's commercial marketplace, yet that's its (minor) fascination too.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 7, 2007
Lambs is utterly lacking in any kind of recognizable cinematic arc, convincing logic, coherent narrative or persuasive political viewpoint.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 7, 2007
Plays out as a mountain of self-righteously guilt-ridden rhetoric perched on a molehill of narrative.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
November 5, 2007
Redford is surely smart enough to realize, as the professor turns his ire on those who merely chatter while Rome burns, that his movie is itself no better, or more morally effective, than high-concept Hollywood fiddling.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 5, 2007
The new antiwar pictures are all clunks and wind, but they're full of fervent acting and affectingly rough -- they lack the usual studio overpolish. Robert Redford's Lions for Lambs is the clunkiest, windiest, and roughest of the lot.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 25, 2007
A talkathon that is going to rival the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' season ender for its ability to produce empty seats.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
October 24, 2007
Politicians, the media, educators, military commanders and a docile public all come under fire in a well-made movie that offers no answers but raises many important questions.
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Derek Elley
Variety
October 23, 2007
Robert Redford's first helming chore in seven years, and his most directly political pic yet, amounts to a giant cry of "Americans, get engaged!" wrapped in a star-heavy discourse that uses a lot of words to say nothing new.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
October 23, 2007
The filmmakers must have imagined sparky, engaging conversation between these duos similar to a high-speed tennis bout between skillful pros; what emerges is more comparable to a lazy afternoon table-tennis knockabout in an old people's home.