The Lion King - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Lion King Reviews

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February 9, 2018
At this point in animation history, we can expect no less than perfection from Disney, and they deliver.
January 26, 2018
The massive wildebeest stampede and Scar's Third Reich-inspired musical number were already phenomenal 17 years ago without the additional dimension, so what's really the point?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 4, 2017
With its remarkable narrative, memorable characters, stunning animation, and brilliant music, The Lion King remains the very pinnacle of Disney's animated achievements.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 2, 2015
A majestic achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 2, 2015
Disney can take pride in this lion of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 24, 2013
the animation is stunning on the big screen and beautiful to watch
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 31, 2013
Even the inescapable hype cannot diminish the fact that this is one great film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
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
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
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.
July 31, 2013
Simba is a superbly realized character, especially in the first half of the movie when he's still a little cub.
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
July 31, 2013
The rest of The Lion King alternates between grand-opera melodrama and low-comedy hi-jinks, superbly blending the two approaches.
July 31, 2013
Wondrously imaginative, The Lion King is superior family entertainment, charming in every way.
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
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 3, 2013
A near perfect and breathtaking animated epic...
January 7, 2013
The exclamation point on a great run of classic Disney animation...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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