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Based on 33 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 50
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Coming-of-age schmaltz fest. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The movie, though predictable and formulaic, is not that simple, although it might have been better off had it been so basic. It interweaves clichés from several other genres and ends up a mishmash of stories. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Mr. McCanlies's style lurches between the lyrical, the fantastical (flashbacks to the uncles' youth) and the clumsily antic, and Mr. Osment's performance is woefully stiff and inexpressive. show more

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Edgeless as a marshmallow and twice as syrupy. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    A predictable outcome is not bad if it's fun getting to it. But this story is so lamely conceived and presented that it's a grind. show more

  • 70
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    Awash in nostalgia, "Lions" combines a gentle coming-of-age story with swashbuckling fantasy. While it lacks a necessary tension in its establishing scenes and might be too soft for those who prefer grittier fare. show more

  • 88
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    Entertaining, thrilling and honestly sentimental, it's an equal-opportunity crowd-pleaser. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A gentle and sweet whimsy, attentive to the love between the two brothers, respectful of the boy's growth and curiosity. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Smart and entertaining almost every step of the way. show more

  • 75
    Charles Savage Miami Herald

    Even without handicapping for the limitations of its gentle genre, the film has moments of whimsical humor and thoughtful plotting that soar tantalizingly close to something that could be enjoyed on its own merits. show more

  • September 02, 2012 fourthbn
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    One of my all-time favorite movies.

  • June 26, 2011 fifty
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    Intriguing.... noble common folks

  • September 26, 2010 VKSWGARNER
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    great movie i can watch it over and over again LOVE IT

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