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The Lion King Reviews

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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.
Adam Fendelman
September 17, 2011
While "The Lion King" is one of the best Disney movies of all time, "The Lion King 3D" is a manipulative exploitation to bring paying parents back with their kids merely through the sexiness of today's 3D fad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5.0
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
September 12, 2011
Although far from the worst offender in Disney's canon, The Lion King is nevertheless host to many of the less savory qualities common to the studio's output.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 15, 2011
The story line is a Joseph Campbell hero-quest so stripped down to its basics as to become dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
September 15, 2011
The post-production, flat 3D mutes the colors so much that the 2D version is preferable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
September 28, 2003
The Lion King is loaded with hoary biblical references (ray of lights, burning bushes) and Shakespearean shout-outs, but that's all they are.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
December 27, 2002
Frankly, I felt more raw emotion in the more recent Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron and the sadly neglected The Emperor's New Groove (2000) was more fun. Of course, you can't argue with the Lion King's roaring success, but for some, bigger doesn't make i
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
October 6, 2003
The Lion King's huge take unfortunately bronzed its blunders along with its charms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
December 27, 2002
Forget the musical, The Lion King is now in IMAX. Too bad it sends the wrong message -- to anyone who sees messages in cartoon animals singing Broadway numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
April 10, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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Brian Case
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Songs variable. Animation staggering. A winner.
Dennis King
Tulsa World
August 2, 2015
Disney can take pride in this lion of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 31, 2013
Wondrously imaginative, The Lion King is superior family entertainment, charming in every way.
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects
September 17, 2011
Is it still wrenching to watch? Yes, sweet goodness, yes.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
September 16, 2011
While the 3D is surprisingly effective on the 2D, hand-drawn animation, the real treat is getting to see this movie once again projected up in all its larger-than-life glory.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Joshua Starnes
September 17, 2011
In every way, both good and bad, The Lion King epitomizes the last heyday of classic feature animation that existed in the 1990s.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
September 19, 2011
Art History stands out as one of Joe Swanberg's most visually and conceptually accomplished experiments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
September 14, 2011
The Lion King was made a mere 17 years ago, but seems from a different era now. Here was a "kiddie" flick that was big, grandiose and ambitious, a sprawling Shakespearean epic playing out on the African savannah.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
September 28, 2011
While the core ideology behind The Lion King is extremely problematic and stands out even more today than it did in 1994, there is still much to admire about the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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