The Lion King

critic Reviews

52% Rotten Tomatometer Score52%
  • While it can take pride in its visual achievements,The Lion King is a by-the-numbers retelling that lacks the energy and heart that made the original so beloved--though for some fans that may just be enough.
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    Ted PiekarzChicago Reader
    Watch this Lion King for the technical achievement and musical numbers, and then watch the original to feel satisfied.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    Overseeing such a massive technical production as this one requires a filmmaker to be on top of every nuance and detail in play. Actor/director Favreau is the right person for the job.
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    Hannah GiorgisThe Atlantic
    The Lion King captures just enough of the original's warmhearted excitement -- and introduces enough new delights -- to feel like more than a cynical Disney money grab.
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    Sam AdamsSlate
    Even if you somehow made it into the new Lion King without knowing its origins, you might start to wonder if there was another version of it that made more sense...
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    Ashlie D. StevensSalon.com
    Despite the superstar talent of the cast and the stunning presentation, it misses some of the heart that placed the original securely in the pop culture canon.
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    Anthony LaneNew Yorker
    Rarely has brand recognition soared to such fetishistic heights, and I regret to inform you that, aside from the updating of the vocal cast, the most blatant discrepancy between the old and the new is a very slight increase in the comedy of flatulence.
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    Yasser MedinaCinemaficionados
    It's an uninteresting animated film, devoid of charm and sensitivity. It looks like a dull Animal Planet documentary. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Matt CipollaFilm Monthly
    Disney's two-hour revival of an 88-minute classic has its moments that work as a technical demo. But in case it wasn't clear already: Tech demos are not finished movies.
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    Jason FraleyWTOP (Washington, D.C.)
    A blockbuster that is visually mind-blowing in its photorealistic nature, yet feels oddly soulless compared to the original.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Saibal ChatterjeeNDTV
    he Lion King is undeniably impressive. But the film's showy quality stays glued to the surface and never soars high enough to be able to keep up with the crescendo of Mufasa and his successor Simba's roar.
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