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About the Movie

In LION, five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train travelling away from his home and family. Frightened and bewildered, he ends up thousands of miles away, in chaotic Kolkata. Somehow he survives living on the streets, escaping all sorts of terrors and close calls in the process, before ending up in an orphanage that is itself not exactly a safe haven. Eventually Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple, and finds love and security as he grows up in Hobart. Not wanting to hurt his adoptive parents’ feelings, he suppresses his past, his emotional need for reunification, and his hope of ever finding his lost mother and brother. But a chance meeting with some fellow Indians reawakens his buried yearning. With just a small store of memories, and the help of a new technology called Google Earth, Saroo embarks on one of the greatest needle-in-a-haystack quests of modern times.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 234
  • Fresh: 201
  • Rotten: 33
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "Lion" is a complex movie, with its profound themes of home and identity, and its tonally disparate halves. A smartly understated approach to Brierley's story holds it all together. – Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, Dec 23, 2016

Fresh: Lion is a beautifully told, uplifting story of courage and determination. – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times, Dec 23, 2016

Fresh: Lion represents a commitment from those involved and, flaws aside, it's an amazing tale of resilience and determination. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Dec 27, 2016

Fresh: The beginning is harrowing and the end is heartbreaking. – Christy Lemire, What the Flick?!, Jun 6, 2018

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Customer Reviews

Looks great!

This looks like a wonderful movie especially since Rooney Mara is a main character!

One of the best, most human films I've seen in years...

This movie is an instant classic. It's the same vein of quality and style as the likes of "The Shawshank Redemption," "Slumdog Millionaire," and many more for me—a fresh, true-to-life tale of how love, empathy, and family overcome tremendous adversity and suffering.

I saw it twice at the theater, and I told everyone I could about it.

I hope you enjoy this picture as much as I have.

Hats off and many thanks to everyone involved in the making of "Lion."

Bradlii music


This is a beautiful movie based on true events. It not only opens you eyes and heart to the reality so many children face but also fills you with hope in mankind and what we can do to make this world a netter place by changing one life at a time. Bravo👏🏾

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  • $4.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2016

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