The Lion King

critic Reviews

53% Rotten Tomatometer Score53%
  • 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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    Brian GillMad About Movies Podcast
    It is, most of the time, visually stunning. But I'm not sure there's even one aspect of the movie that improves upon the original and a great many aspects that are significantly worse.
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    James MottramSouth China Morning Post
    While Favreau's polished film will always come a distant second for anyone who fell in love with the original, his version is hugely respectful to the story and has its powerful moments too.
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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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    Nicola AustinWe Have a Hulk
    Jon Favreau's reimagining of The Lion King is undoubtedly a visual triumph.
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    Jordan RuimyWorld of Reel
    The end result is more of a showcase for VFX/photo-realism than an actually successful remake of a beloved Disney classic
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    Mario AlegrePróxima Tanda
    Disney's latest remake of one of its most beloved classics is a technical marvel that fails to capture the emotions and artistry of the original.
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    David NusairReel Film Reviews
    ...a cynical (yet admittedly watchable) cash grab.
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    Tomas TrussowThe Lonely Film Critic
    You sit there feeling like a park ranger under the influence of hallucinogens, gripped by unending discomfort as the film's contradictory existence balloons out of proportion.
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    Kate RodgerNewshub (NZ)
    The entire thing just filled with me to the brim with so much joy.
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    Jonita DavisThe Black Cape
    Despite its flaws, the film is one that parents should see with their kids (maybe over the age of 3). This is Lion King for their generation, one that is more diverse, more Black, and more authentic than ours ever was.
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