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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    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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    Casey ChongCasey's Movie Mania
    Favreau seemingly in the auto-pilot mode here when comes to storytelling.
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    Shawn EdwardsFox 4 Kansas City
    The best thing about The Lion King is that it stays faithfully close to the original...that's also the worst thing...I was lukewarm on the movie, but the package sold me...
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    Steven SheehanThe Digital Fix
    The most stunningly realistic CGI you have seen to date - but the soul of the traditional animation is sorely missed.
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    Ryan SilbersteinCinema76
    The impressive visuals and the mix of reverence and playfulness to the original make this a movie worth seeing on the big screen.
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