Lion

Drama • PG-13 • Directed by: Garth Davis • 119 minutes

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.

Other films by Garth Davis

Viewer reviews

Captivating and Moving. My unwritten story.
★★★★★
As an adopted child, now an adult, this movie hit so very close to home. Everyone's been asking if I've seen it yet, and now I know why. This story is captivating, and Dev Patel's performance was brillaint. I'm pretty sure I used up half a box of tissues. From identity crisis, to using Google earth to find your birth home, to an adoptive parent's true love, to wondering where your biological mother is now, it felt like I was watching my life on screen. This movie will leavey you catching your breath at the end. — PSJsk95

Important film, great true story.
★★★★★
I really liked this movie. It made me both happy and sad (mostly happy) and I'm glad I didn't miss it. — ZenMeister7

This movie is now on Netiflx
★★★★
If you don't have a Netflix then if you like to see the then just rent it to save the money and haveing not seen this movie most likely I will see it on Netflix ! — Ryan amazing

👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾
★★★★★
One of the best movies ever...so inspirational! — OMGoodness!

Almost...
★★★★
This was a decent movie especially on the part of the actors. However, cannot meet a movie like Changeling for example, in my opinion. I just felt something in this story could've been further developed. Like something was missing. — Chang Shan Hydrangea

Gripping & gut-wrenching, yet hopeful.
★★★★★
There are some films that leave you awe-struck and wanting to change the world. This stunning narrative ranks among the best of them and will leave you drained and fulfilled at the same time. Powerful and humbling...beautiful and raw. — Snagtooth

Wow!!
★★★★★
Was not expecting it to be as good as it was. Such a amazing story! Must see!! — coldblooded1997

Incredible story and a great movie.
★★★★★
One of the best real stories. Great movie. — Rinasandler

I can't even describe this.
★★★★★
So very powerful I've seen it twice, bought the book and am reading it and I am still completely mesmerized by Saroo's story. It would be humbling just to meet him. The film is a beautiful testament to the power of love mixed with the human spirit. It's a tale of survival and redemption. — Heather Posey

Not sure why the reviews are so high...
★★★★
Slow and seems to try to hard, not worth the time investment. — DexNTheFatMan

Excellent movie
★★★★★
Very good movie. Great scenario based on a real story. At the end I was in tears. Refreshing to enjoy a movie with a good ending. — Greek Woman

Lion
★★★★★
So amazing — B.abbazadeh

Excellent
★★★★★
Definitely one to watch. — PhillipAT

Boring
★★★★★
So slow and boring, no depth to the movie. Bounces around too much doesn't give you any time to get invested in the characters. No clue how Nicole Kidman is nominated for an award on this she barely did anything. The best part is the last 5 minutes. — DlangG

Best movie I’ve seen in 2017
★★★★★
and maybe the last several years: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ — Brisan

Amazing Story
★★★★★
The plot is based on a amazing man who pieces togther his past and finds his roots. The subplot of the girlfriend could have been cut and it still would have been a great film. Well played out with great cinematoghpy. — Frank C 66554321.

An absolutely wonderful movie
★★★★★
This movie grabbed my heart in so many different places. Do not miss this amazing journey. Take that train ride with Saroo and make sure you have some tissues. — Sharon1120

Amazing film
★★★★★
I had only heard of this film in passing, but it was so great. It was a great story, well translated into film. It was emotional, and takes you through highs and lows. Definitely a film I would recommend. — Bcbunni

Amazing. A must-watch!
★★★★★
I'm usually not a fan of this type of genre. My go-to's are romcoms and comedies. However, I saw this was for rental for 99cents so I decided to give it a go. Oh my goodness..I am SO glad I did. AMAZING AMAZING movie! THIS WAS JUST TOO GOOD. — JULIEEEEEEEeeEeEdfkajdfkl

Law-Abiding Critic
★★★★★
Not one Academy Award ? — Law Abiding Movie Critic

Heart wrenching and warming simultaneously.
★★★★★
Well acted movie with the perfect balance of character and story development. Highly recommend! — RickrodROX

Wow!!!
★★★★★
That was such a wonderful movie. Tears of joy!!! — Bionicsurfer

Watch this movie!
★★★★★
If you've made it to this point, reading reviews for LION, then you are very lucky because this movie will take you far away from your life to a place you need to go. Do yourself a solid and watch this movie. — JeffONYC

Amazing
★★★★★
Don't rate very often but this movie is amazing. Must see — Bgdtjjvho

I am obsessed with this movie, watch it!!!
★★★★★
I am obsessed with this movie! I recommend it to everyone! It helped me realize more how I should not take for granted my loved ones and the reach of all our capabilities as humans. If you're looking for a review to show your if you should watch it, I'm telling you right here... WATCH IT!!! — Runnerboy1

So impressive
★★★★★
I just saw this film and literally don't know what to say it just made me speechless — #D2505

My favorite 2016 movie
★★★★★
Saw this twice on the big screen. First time I went straight to a bookstore afterwards. The book fills in details but the movie captures the heart. — JayWCraig

Amazing
★★★★★
really hit a spot. such a well put movie! — equezada

Classic
★★★★★
One of the best films i have seen in a very long time. — Laurenmstark

Incredible
★★★★★
***** — Hell0 Sweetie

Bad
★★★★
Didn't understand... — BulldogSlayer_525

My Favorite Movie of the Year
★★★★★
It was also the most moving story of the year. Excellent cinematography and acting. And, incredibly, it's a true story. Don't miss this one! — Ferengii

Get ready to cry
★★★★★
I never cry, not with movies, but this movie was so emotional, real, and tear worthy. What an amazing story! — sandrapixel

Worth seeing
★★★★
Excellent acting and well filmed. Dev Patel does an amazing job. Same for the young actors. Very touching story. — EASapps

Lion wow!
★★★★★
Great movie! — kaje90

A Special Film
★★★★★
I loved this movie. Young and old Saroo (Sheru) were remarkable. The story so heartwarming. — Emkoss

Powerful
★★★★★
This is a movie that does not fail to leave a strong impact on those who watch it. You'll be thinking about it long after it's over. It is filled with emotion, and while it is both sad and happy, the latter feeling tended to dominate and produce the most tears -- happy tears of course. This movie is, in one word, powerful. — noodlestrudel

A must see!
★★★★★
A great based on a true story movie. The acting was awesome! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time...no this isn't s thriller but I loved seeing how this story unfolded and what Saroo had to go through. I'm happy this was made into a film because it was a story worth telling. — maryawhitey

Breathtaking
★★★★★
This masterpiece is one of the most stylish and beautifully crafted films I have ever seen. However, even the cinematic poshness pales in comparison to the magnificence of the story itself. Saroo's tale is sure to touch all hearts as well as shine a light on a situation that is a reality for so many. (Plus, the little actor Sunny Pawar is just adorable!) — A.Goel

Wow
★★★★★
This movie has so much hope and determination in it its such a beautiful movie and it's very emotional. Love it. The graphics are amazing. — RhyanTheQueen2

This movie should have won Best Picture
★★★★★
From the opening sequence until the very last frame of this movie...we were enthralled. BEAUTIFUL from beginning to end, and personally. I cried until I couldn't see. Every scene mattered, every actor was sublime. You will not be disappointed. — TheMitchells808

Excellent and heart wrenching
★★★★★
Although this movie made my heart sore it was well worth watching. Incredible and emotional, this was the best film I have watched in a while. — Joffvr

THE BEST
★★★★★
AMAZINNGNG — I.LOVE.ANIMALS

Great movie
★★★★★
This was a great movie. It was extremely powerful and I definitely recommend you watch it. Parts were slow-moving and sad but it left me and wanting to know more and since it was a true story, it made me a lot more interested. Highly recommend. — Anonymous Person123543

Absolutely a great movie
★★★★★
Great plot,fabulous movie ,every one played so well !!!!! Thank you !!!!!! — dj D77

Amazing
★★★★★
This is the best movie ever it should have won every Oscar this year. Love it — Bacon son

Great inspiring movie!
★★★★★
First time I reviewed a movie but had too after watching this movie! One of the best movies I've seen the last couple of years. — RubenC85

👍
★★★★★
I love this movie it has such a good story and it so heart touching😍❤️ — Lanes 13524

Emotional
★★★★★
I couldn't stop crying, one because one moment you can be crying from sadness and the next your crying from happiness. — ana the apple

Special and touching
★★★★★
This is a great story, well told and acted. All aspects of the movie scintillate, with powerful emotional highs and lows. — Moochiepants