75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
This is responsive, engaged filmmaking, the kind of movie they say Americans don't make.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The tiny scale and armchair talkiness mark the movie as a bit of a folly, an act of idealistic hubris in today's commercial marketplace, yet that's its (minor) fascination too.
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63

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
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.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Though characters make some strong points, the film feels preachy and falls flat as entertainment.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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?"
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50

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
This tactic, and the film's valid but familiar arguments, might have been fleshed out with better results onstage.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
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.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It does not feel good to report that a movie with Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, and Tom Cruise makes the eyelids droop. But that's what Lions for Lambs does.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Dull plod.
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20

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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47 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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