Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Great performances in emotional, intense biographical drama.

PG-13 2016 129 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 34 reviews

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age 15+

Should be rated M in Australia

While this movie had a good plot, it should be rated much higher than PG due to the frequency of adult themes. Almost all the adults are exploitative and child abuse is only thinly veiled.

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Too much violence
age 18+

Excellent but harrowing movie

This is an amazing movie. Gripping and beautifully made. But it's incredibly disturbing in parts, and there's no way I'd show it to a child or teenager. There is a scary scene where children are snatched while sleeping rough, and another where a strange man gets into bed with 5-year-old Saroo and starts stroking him. The abuse in the orphanage is mainly implied but utterly horrific, including a small boy being taken from his bed in the night and given to a man who is told to have him back before the morning. Also disturbing is the way that countless adults, including those in authority, turn a blind eye while children are abducted or abused. This is a brilliant film, but I found it haunting and harrowing. Not suitable for children.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

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