Lions for Lambs Synopsis
The fate of two young soldiers ties together separate stories in California and Washington, D.C.
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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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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...
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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,...
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USA Today

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

By Steven Rea
Dull plod.
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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...
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Excellent story and music/great action/good acting

By JeromeLukas
This movie actually startled me by slapping me in the face with 3 visualizations from 4 different perspectives: -political -media -military -education; with all the action and stories woven expertly...

If you have ever wondered just how bad a movie could be...

By Jaycee5
I am sure that this movie will be nominated (if not win) an Academy Award. It is preachy, condemning, bashes America and lacks any substance. Exactly the type of movie that Hollywood adores. The...


By BJ1231
Again according to hollywood 911 was all United States fault or worse self inflicted. Like we don't hear enough anti-patriotic propaganda now a movie to remind us how bad and wrong Americans are....

Don't waste your money! Just more anit-American. left-wing propaganda!

By RH1
This is a terrible movie...boring, too much "talk" using too many words without saying anything new. Cruise is disappointing. Worse, however, "Lions and Lambs" is the next in line of the...

Movie Has Nothing to Say

By reviewer84
Caught a preview tonight and thought the movie was absolutely AWFUL. Most of the movie is devoted to conversational dialogue that I guess was attempting to show insight into the workings of politics,...

Don't bother with this Anti-American movie

By cannonballs
I wouldn't even bother to go see this movie....just another one of the latest string of movies bashing America and the soldiers who are fighting and dying for us. The Liberal Media Establishment...

i am sick of these anti-war movies

By bigmoviemike
in the valley of elah tanked, rendition tanked also, and both of those movies had academy award winning actors, now this piece of trash, don't waste your hard earned money and time on this garbage....

Great movie

By moo-v-fan
This movie is well balanced and presents the hard choices we face in this post 9-11 world. Great job by very talented actors, director and screenwriter. Clearly one of the best and most important...

Lions for Lambs

By eviemo
I would have thought with Tom Cruise's star power (which I think his star has hit the ground), his first big development would have more meat in it. Just another regular movie to influence how people...

I love being LIBERAL

By SSsusie
I just love a movie where I can wallow in my own liberalness...I am sooo left-leaning, I can see Joseph Stalin's butthole. I like Robert Redford in this movie because even though we know he is a...

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Rated R | For some war violence and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Intense war thriller offers food for thought.
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