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Lion (PG)

Lion (PG)


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.

The critical consensus

An astonishing true story that’s treated with an admirably light and artistic touch, rather than an overly dramatic heavy hand. Despite a weaker second half, it is ultimately deeply moving.

****(*)Dan Jolin, Empire Online, 16/01/2017

The film is moving enough in its own terms but lacks the depth and complexity that might have been expected.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 18/01/2017

This is the sort of true story that catches you unawares, even if you know (or think you know) where it’s going.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 19/01/2017

The true story of a foundling Indian boy who locates his mother years later via Google Maps is given the treatment it deserves in this intelligent, heartfelt film.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 19/01/2017

Robustly made, but very little to gnaw on.

David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 20/01/2017

You probably know how Saroo’s quest ended but that doesn’t diminish the film in any way. It is still a stirring tale of loss, love and family.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 20/01/2017

The true story of Saroo Brierley, lost as a child and reunited with his family 25 years later, is told in Garth Davis’s affecting feature debut.

****(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 22/01/2017

The result is a remarkable story that feels let down by the telling; a Lion that grabs your attention with a roar, then just curls up on the sofa and slowly falls asleep.

***(*)(*)Patrick Harley, TVBomb, 27/01/2017

Features about Lion (PG)

Lion: The extraordinary true story of a boy who took 25 years to find home.

Peter Sheridan, Daily Express, 09/01/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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