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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    Douglas DavidsonElements of Madness
    The best news for any Lion King fan is that even if this version isn't to your liking, you only need to remember two words to make it all ok: hakuna matata.
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    Jeff YorkCreative Screenwriting
    Yet, despite the familiarity, most of it still plays because it's a damn good story.
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    Amanda GreeverThe Daily Times (Tennessee)
    The Lion King makes slight alterations to its source material, which results in a slightly more adult version. If you loved the original, chances are fairly good you'll love this one, too.
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    Charles SolomonFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    The character animation is completely lost... It's not even uncanny valley -- it's an uncanny gorge.
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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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