Francois Duhamel
Vanessa Juarez
April 16, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Lions for Lambs

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
90 minutes
Wide Release Date
11/09/07
performer
Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Michael Pena, Robert Redford
director
Robert Redford
distributor
MGM
author
Matthew Michael Carnahan
genre
Drama

We gave it an B-

In Lions for Lambs, when an irritated professor (Robert Redford) asks a student ”Why don’t you care anymore?” he uses politics to draw the undergrad out of a complacent stupor. Despite solid turns by Meryl Streep as a journalist who’s sold her soul to a conglom, and Tom Cruise as a slick senator, director Redford’s prosaic message — stop going through the motions! — prevents Lambs from being truly transformative. EXTRAS Commentary from the trio reveals their hearts were in the right place: ”It’s about making the right choices,” says Streep, ”but it also is about how easy it is not to make a choice at all.” B-

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