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United Kingdom, Australia, United States · 2016
Rated PG-13 · 1h 58m
Director Garth Davis
Starring Sunny Pawar, Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham
Genre Drama

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 in this heartfelt and heart wrenching tale of a boy searching for the meaning of home.

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IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Lion, the first feature directed by Garth Davis, sufficiently realizes the emotional arc built into Brieley’s experience.


Screen International by Fionnuala Halligan

If Saroo’s story seems out-of-this world, the team behind this film have risen to meet the challenge it sets. There may be a sense of inevitability about Saroo’s ultimate destination, but what counts here is the journey.


The Film Stage by Jordan Ruimy

If the first half is an indelible treat and gives one high hopes that a film delicately placed in the awards season will in fact meet its steep expectations, the second half is troublesome and falls flat.


The Playlist by Kevin Jagernauth

While Lion isn’t the kind of drama that demands risky storytelling, it is one that has within it a whole world of emotional topography that is disappointingly scrolled over instead of mapped out.


Variety by Peter Debruge

Fortunately for Davis, he’s got a terrific cast, chief among them the pair of charismatic actors who split the lead role.


The Telegraph by Tim Robey

The script never lunges for cheap drama by forcing Saroo into a binary choice between mothers, and the most complex beats are about tip-toeing around, often counter-productively, to avoid hurt or betrayal.

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