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Lion (2016)



Critic Consensus: Lion's undeniably uplifting story and talented cast make it a moving journey that transcends the typical cliches of its genre.

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Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of Kilometers across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

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Dev Patel
as Saroo
Sunny Pawar
as Saroo (young)
Deepti Naval
as Ms. Sood
Divian Ladwa
as Mantosh
Riddhi Sen
as Café Man
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Critic Reviews for Lion

All Critics (263) | Top Critics (49)

The beginning is harrowing and the end is heartbreaking.

June 6, 2018 | Rating: 7.8/10 | Full Review…

A deeply empathetic performance from Dev Patel and an unflinching view of child poverty on the streets of Calcutta provide a winning edge to Lion.

January 23, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Google Earth has blind spots and so does Lion. Still, it covers an awful lot of ground and the views are stunning.

January 22, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Robustly made, but very little to gnaw on.

January 20, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

This big-hearted film does full justice to the horror, the pathos and the drama of his postmodern odyssey.

January 19, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Director Garth Davis and screenwriter Luke Davies throw all the soap suds at the story.

January 19, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lion

An incredible true story told very well by Garth Davis and performed wonderfully by Dev Patel and the true star: Sunny Pawar. I work with children, and how you get a 6 year old to act as amazingly as he did is beyond me. It is an interesting and important story than informs and entertains.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

There was a time when a picture like Lion would have easily won Best Picture. Beautifully shot and lovingly told, this is a grand epic that spans continents and decades. Changing tastes have maligned these kinds of dramas with derisive adjectives like sentimental, melodramatic or, heaven forbid, old fashioned. The production is none of those things. What it represents, is one man's exquisitely composed reminiscence of his life on this earth, a journey that takes him from India to Australia. The narrative builds to a conclusion that had me weeping at the end in an uncontrollable catharsis. It highlights a lot of concepts with sensitivity: the importance of family, the considerations of adoption, one's own identity, the wonders of the internet and love. It's an experience I won't soon forget.

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer


Despite the extraordinary story that it tells and a great beginning, Lion is an uneven drama that makes up for its flaws with a beautiful ending. Full review on filmotrope. com

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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