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The Lion King Reviews

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July 31, 2013
Between traumas, the movie serves up soothingly banal musical numbers (composed by Elton John and Tim Rice) and silly, rambunctious comedy.
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
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
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
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
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
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
October 6, 2003
The Lion King's huge take unfortunately bronzed its blunders along with its charms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
April 10, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
February 9, 2006
Songs variable. Animation staggering. A winner.
August 2, 2015
Disney can take pride in this lion of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
Wondrously imaginative, The Lion King is superior family entertainment, charming in every way.
September 17, 2011
Is it still wrenching to watch? Yes, sweet goodness, yes.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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
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
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
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
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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