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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    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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    Robert RotenLaramie Movie Scope
    I was not a big fan of the original 1994 movie, and I found this one to be about the same. It is a good film, with a good story and good music. What sets this film apart, however, is the technical wizardry that makes it look like a live action film.
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    Julian Lytleidobi.com
    Another remake that is made at the Disney level of craft but at the cost of originality and soul.
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    Damian LevyJamaica Gleaner
    You're better off watching the 1994 version
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    Jeffrey LylesLyles' Movie Files
    It's not so much this is a bad adaptation as it's one that feels entirely unnecessary
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    Michael CooperL.A. Weekly
    The all star cast and incredible technology that bring the reimagined Lion King to life are worth the price of admission, even if most of it just retreads what's already been done.
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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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    Neil MorrisChatham News + Record (NC)
    It's Disney's version of the circle of life, but here it feels more like cannibalization.
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    Grant WatsonFiction Machine
    It is ultimately just a reproduction of brand in an attempt to make a billion dollars. On that level, and only that level, The Lion King is a success.
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    Paul McGuire GrimesKSTP-TV
    A visionary triumph filled me with that Disney magic all over again.
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