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3.3
1,043 Ratings

Lion

Directed by Garth Davis
United States, 2016
Drama

Synopsis

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

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Lion Directed by Garth Davis

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2017 | 6 nominations including: Best Motion Picture of the Year

BAFTA Awards

2017 | 2 wins including: Best Supporting Actor

2017 | 3 nominations including: Best Supporting Actress

Directors Guild of America

2017 | 2 nominations including: Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director

Google Earth has finally made a movie, which only seems surprising at first, because while it’s hard to believe this story actually happened, it’s easy to believe this film was made… Watching [Patel’s character] search Google Earth for his hometown is boring, but it posits the West as a place where people look into computers all day, while in the developing world people carry rocks for a living. This stark distinction would not pass muster in a film made by UNICEF.
February 24, 2017
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Davis uses close-ups sparingly and hits no false notes; cinematographer Greig Fraser (Zero Dark Thirty) 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
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The film’s fundamentally chronological structure makes for a somewhat sluggish initial half hour or so; it would likely have been more effective to open with Saroo in adulthood and flash back to his childhood throughout. Once Patel shows up to kick off Saroo’s seemingly impossible quest, however, only the truly hard-hearted will remain unmoved. The film is spikier than you might expect, based on the synopsis; there’s a joyful reunion, but it’s tinged with genuine sorrow and regret.
December 21, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • ara's rating of the film Lion

    dev and that child actor were both amazing in this. this is a very powerful film about memory and feeling like a part of yourself is lost (and then finding that and redeeming yourself). i think the cynics that weren't swayed have not experienced that feeling. this could have been corny, oscar-bait, and I went in thinking this, but this was simply a good film if watch closely and let yourself believe (lol)

  • ig_____or's rating of the film Lion

    I love Rooney Mara but her character was dismissible in this. The beginning and the end were emotionally strong, and Nicole Kidman's struggling and loving mother also earned her praise. A sweet journey, if a tad predictable.

  • Andhika Eka Buana's rating of the film Lion

    Agreed with my Letterboxd's friend Lucy (Lucy, if you're also on MUBI, hey!): If this was an oscar bait then let me be the fish. Let me be the one who snapped that sharp, shiny, dangerous hook of the Weinsteins.

  • HenriqueA's rating of the film Lion

    Up to 01h15m Lion had it all. A crushing real life story, a wonderful almost dialogue-free first half with Sunny Pawar, the complicated foster family situation and the need to find his roots. Oh, the possibilities...But Lion suddenly went Oscar Bait™, Saroo instantly became an asshole google maps fanatic and showed us the thinnest journey of self-discovery ever. You'll cry. But for the real story, not the acting.

  • Huey McEvoy's rating of the film Lion

    Nice to see an actor like Patel, who could have easily coasted through increasingly so-so films on charm alone, develop his skill through tenacity and good choices - he gives a restrained, mature turn (and nails the accent). That a rare good performance is coaxed from Kidman must also be credit to Garth Davis, who has put together as well-made a picture about identity and family as any before it.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Lion

    Google earth....bringing people together. This is the kind of sentimental drivel that always seems to find an audience around awards season and that many would call a crowd pleaser. For the less saccharine inclined this becomes a pretty grating experience that wears out its welcome after the arresting first reel set in India. Patel only adequate here, Mara and Wenham wasted and Kidman miscast. Disappointing.

  • Teresa Silva's rating of the film Lion

    Incredible. First part of the movie excellent, second part brings it in. Much more real and rawer than the typical movie it draws from. Dev and Sunny shine (no pun intended).

  • Kamran's rating of the film Lion

    A fascinating premise & wonderful child performance are sidelined by saccharine, emotion suckling oscar-cliche w/ unearned climax. The first part of the film is amazing. 69/100 - Decent. (2.5)

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