Lion (2016)

Lion (2016)

Lion (2016)

Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara and Dev Patel star in this true story drama (based on the memoir by India-born Australian Saroo Brierly). 25 years after being lost on the streets of Calcutta and subsequently adopted by a loving family in Hobart, young Saroo sets out to find his birth family. He embarks on this needle-in-a-haystack quest with only a small store of memories, and the help of Google Maps...

Best Supporting Actor (Patel) and Adapted Screenplay, 2017 BAFTAs
2016Rating: PG, Mild themes118 minsAustralia, UK, USA
DramaTrue Story & Biography

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Flicks, Alex Casey

Flicks, Alex Casey

The story of Lion sounds like unfathomably cliché weep-bait, and it absolutely would be if the events had not been 100% true. After a savage twist of fate, a little boy named Saroo finds himself stranded 1700km from his hometown in India. So begins a tremendous return journey that spans decades and oceans alike, as Saroo attempts in adulthood to trace the invisible threads that connect him to the nameless, shapeless place he once called home.

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Variety

Variety

While unique, Saroo's story is somewhere between the-guy-who-found-a-lottery-scratcher-worth-fifty-bucks and the-farmer-who-prayed-for-rain-and-got-it.

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Time Out

Time Out

We've watched this young man struggle and fight for answers, only to have them drop into his lap at precisely the right moment. It's a drastic misstep that ruins whatever chance Lion had of doing justice to a fascinating true story.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It's refreshing to see the complications of a mixed racial identity brought to the screen. It might never roar but it's still a fierce contender.

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Stuff

Stuff

That Lion is an emotional, compelling watch is down to some terrific performances...

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Kudos to Kidman, whose unglam, unguarded take on the role is emotionally powerful and true; her scenes with Patel provide just the right blend of grit and grace. Lion is one from the heart.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

A remarkable story well told, and great advert for Google Earth.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Blessed with a Ripley's Believe It or Not story line that would warm the heart of a stone.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

As enthralling as it is emotional.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

...grabs you by the throat from its first frames and never lets you go.

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