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At Theaters: 11/9/2007 On Video: 4/8/2008
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 30 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 499996
Studio: MGM Pictures
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Two determined students follow the inspiration of their idealistic professor and attempt to do something important with their lives. But when the two make the bold decision to join the battle in Afghanistan, their professor is both moved and distraught. Now, as they fight for survival in the field, they become the string that binds together two disparate stories on opposite sides of America.
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Drama - This is a slow, talky drama that feels longer than its 90 minutes. Fans of Tom Cruise may be disappointed by his limited screen time here. Those expecting more of a war film will be disappointed.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Tom Cruise MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III, WAR OF THE WORLDS
Meryl Streep RENDITION, THE ANT BULLY, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
Robert Redford CHARLOTTE'S WEB, AN UNFINISHED LIFE, THE CLEARING
Michael Pena SHOOTER, WORLD TRADE CENTER
Derek Luke CATCH A FIRE, GLORY ROAD, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
Dir/Prod: Robert Redford THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE, THE HORSE WHISPERER
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Production Notes Heading
Not provided by studio.
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 10 F-words, 20 S-words, 4 GD's, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Shootings with blood.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None.
ACTION: Some gunplay.
COMEDY: None.
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Roger Ebert Full Review
Above Average The movie is a talkathon with a certain amount of military action.

USA Today Full Review
Above Average It is easy to admire Lions for Lambs for what it is trying to achieve, but as executed, it feels talky and medicinal.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 60 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
3
About 50/50
67%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
5
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
4
About 50/50
75%
30+Adults (M)
19
Fairly Low
68%
30+Adults (F)
29
Fairly Low
62%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 60 moviegoers:This movie was not well attended. We could collect only 60 reviews at several showings.
TEENS:Only one of the three teens enjoyed "Lions for Lambs."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:All five males enjoyed it. Only one of them rated it as low as "Good." Only half of the four females enjoyed it. The other two rated it below average.
ADULTS:The male and female reviews are very similar and very disappointing, especially considering the star power and budget of this movie. There are almost no real high reviews and quite a few very low reviews. That's not good. Clearly, most rated it as an average to above average movie which, from my years of experience at this, indicates a movie that you will be somewhat disappointed in, especially if you pay full ticket price. A lower price matinee may be the best bet here.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
The story begins after two determined students at a West Coast University, Arian (Derek Luke) and Ernest (Michael Pena), follow the inspiration of their idealistic professor, Dr. Malley (Redford), and attempt to do something important with their lives. But when the two make the bold decision to join the battle in Afghanistan, Malley is both moved and distraught. Now, as Arian and Ernest fight for survival in the field, they become the string that binds together two disparate stories on opposite sides of America. In California, an anguished Dr. Malley attempts to reach a privileged but disaffected student (Andrew Garfield) who is the very opposite of Arian and Ernest. Meanwhile, in Washington D.C. the charismatic Presidential hopeful, Senator Jasper Irving (Cruise), is about to give a bombshell story to a probing TV journalist (Streep) that may affect Arian and Ernest's fates. As arguments, memories and bullets fly, the three stories are woven ever more tightly together, revealing how each of these Americans has a profound impact.
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