If you’re in the mood for a lecture on patriotism, civil liberties, war or personal responsibility, you’re in luck. Lions for Lambs is the movie you’ve been waiting for.

If, however, you don’t appreciate being told what and how to think by smug Hollywood types who patronize you with their too-pat political theories, avoid the film at all costs. Star turns by Tom Cruise, Robert Redford and Meryl Streep do nothing to lighten the load of this bloated (at 92 minutes!), stagnant mess.

Grade: D

Lions for Lambs is currently available.