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Based on 36 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 95 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    This is responsive, engaged filmmaking, the kind of movie they say Americans don't make. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Though characters make some strong points, the film feels preachy and falls flat as entertainment. show more

  • 20
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    You could make a case for this as a feature-film version of the FCC's fairness doctrine, but it feels more like a blandness doctrine, a pulling and hauling of the tone-deaf script, which is credited to Matthew Michael Carnahan, to the point of perfect vacuousness. show more

  • 50
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Dull plod. show more

  • 50
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    This tactic, and the film's valid but familiar arguments, might have been fleshed out with better results onstage. show more

  • 50
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    Politicians, the media, educators, military commanders and a docile public all come under fire in a well-made movie that offers no answers but raises many important questions. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    There is a long stretch toward the beginning of the film when we're interested, under the delusion that it's going somewhere. When we begin to suspect it's going in circles, our interest flags, and at the end, while rousing music plays, I would have preferred the Peggy Lee version of "Is That All There Is?" show more

  • 63
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    And unlike other recent dramas such as "Rendition," the film never feels like it's preaching. Instead, it just urges: Whatever you believe, do something. show more

  • 63
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    All true, but not new -- and not especially compelling. show more

  • 50
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    This is the sort of film where a character says “Here we are, having a high-minded debate ...” and you wonder if countless moviegoers will be rolling their eyes in unison. show more

  • July 23, 2012 bretonr
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    as an 85 year old person it iis hard to see politicians making decisions like they do..perhaps a draft for their own sons would affect their decisions.

  • July 12, 2008 Supergram80744
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    I just finished watching this so very real movie. It is not fluff. This is a movie for all of us. The message is there for all of us. I love the last part when professor is telling the complaciant student , the decsions we make now can't be altered later and define who we become. I cried, I got angry and I felt gratitude that someone is willing to say it like it is. Thank you Mr Redford.

  • June 19, 2008 Justjosh8
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    I just saw the movie today and I thought it was really good. Also it would be a good movie that you can learn from.

  • May 22, 2008 tredondo
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    love diz movie

  • May 22, 2008 michaelchasetx
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    I just watched "Lions for Lambs" at times standing up tensely for those willing to stand in harms' way for us .... its not trite, its real, visceral, needed. Acting on convictions instead of taking the easy way out. And definitely a movie to thoughtfully watch again.

  • May 22, 2008 movieadmirefan
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    Lions for Lamb is one of my favorite films I've seen at this moment. Robert Redford delivers a powerhouse performace, Meryl Streep gives a high flawless performance, and Im not a big Tom Cruise fan, but He gave a good performance, but at the same time, trying too hard to make his role so convincing. As far as the movie, I loved this movie. I loved every moment in the film, and the film was defining, and strong, and I would suggest this movie because it is a movie that you think about what the film could be made to have a Statement. Lions for Lambs is definitely a worth-watching film.

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  • May 22, 2008 bvala
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    That way viewers would be lined up with this left-leaning work of liberal propoganda... Rate this movie zero stars....

  • May 22, 2008 Angie, Go Blue!
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    Great actors, excellent acting: however, this mismash of political talk, conniving re Iraq and our present situation, is a waste of time on Redford's part to convey his political insights. Too much back in forth in the movie, One loses train of thought as movie moves from one end of the world to the other. This movie belongs in a political science class. Is it a documentary? Redford tries to hard to be the quintessential "mover and shaker" in the political arena.

  • May 22, 2008 dscott23777
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    the only reason it got such bad reviews in the papers was because of the hard hits the media took in this film


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