The Lion King Reviews

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Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)
August 2, 2015
A majestic achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis King
Tulsa World
August 2, 2015
Disney can take pride in this lion of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 24, 2013
the animation is stunning on the big screen and beautiful to watch
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bill Wedo
Philadelphia Daily News
July 31, 2013
Even the inescapable hype cannot diminish the fact that this is one great film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 31, 2013
The Lion King, complete with jaunty songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, is undeniably and fully worthy of its glorious Disney heritage. It is a gorgeous triumph -- one lion in which the studio can take justified pride.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
July 31, 2013
This crowd-pleasing cartoon musical from Walt Disney had enormous box-office appeal, and proved so popular that it was adapted as a spectacular stage show.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
July 31, 2013
Between traumas, the movie serves up soothingly banal musical numbers (composed by Elton John and Tim Rice) and silly, rambunctious comedy.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
July 31, 2013
It's perhaps the closest Disney has come to creating a consciously mythical entertainment in the style of Star Wars. Yet like that film it keeps its sense of humor and fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 31, 2013
Even with its flaws, this latest Disney animated feature once again delivers what its audience wants. Too bad flesh and blood films can't be this consistent.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
July 31, 2013
Simba is a superbly realized character, especially in the first half of the movie when he's still a little cub.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
July 31, 2013
It bears repeating that The Lion King is quite entertaining as children's fare goes these days. But Disney has established a standard so high on animated features that anything less than a classic leaves you feeling that something's missing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 31, 2013
The rest of The Lion King alternates between grand-opera melodrama and low-comedy hi-jinks, superbly blending the two approaches.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 31, 2013
Wondrously imaginative, The Lion King is superior family entertainment, charming in every way.
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
July 31, 2013
Although it's state of the art, one might say that in terms of its values, it's the best animated film of the 19th century.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
July 31, 2013
What gives this latest Disney cartoon a real excitement is its story, a swift, sometimes brutal tale of dynastic trouble in the animal kingdom.
Katherine Monk
Canada.com
July 31, 2013
It's the stuff of classics, and every shred of this movie matches the intent and soulful message of personal growth and evolution, which is why it remains the emotional triumph it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 3, 2013
A near perfect and breathtaking animated epic...
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 7, 2013
The exclamation point on a great run of classic Disney animation...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
April 22, 2012
This is my first experience with The Lion King it is a surprisingly dark, deep and more complex movie than I thought it would be. There's a reason why everyone loves it. One of the best animated films of all time and amazing 3D.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
January 29, 2012
A classic story told through immersive visuals, great voice work and some of the most memorable songs in movie history. The Lion King defines animated classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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