The Lion King

critic Reviews

, 52% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • 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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    Richard PropesTheIndependentCritic.com
    Can you feel the love tonight? Um, no. Actually I can't.
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    Andrew GaudionTHN
    A beat for beat remake may prove enough from some, but there's no denying that this is simply a less compelling, emotionally vacant re-hash of a story that has been delivered with so much more imagination in the past.
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    Kelechi EhenuloConfessions From A Geek Mind
    The Lion King boxes itself in a corner, trapped by the constraints of its realistic and over-indulgent animation in a forgettable, shallow exercise that solely relies on our nostalgia as if that was enough to give it a free pass.
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    Tom BeasleyVultureHound
    This version of The Lion King is so in love with its own visual splendour that it forgets it's supposed to be telling a story.
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