The Lion King Reviews

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October 2, 2019
The character animation is completely lost... It's not even uncanny valley -- it's an uncanny gorge.
September 4, 2019
The end result is more of a showcase for VFX/photo-realism than an actually successful remake of a beloved Disney classic
August 30, 2019
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.
August 24, 2019
You sit there feeling like a park ranger under the influence of hallucinogens, gripped by unending discomfort as the film's contradictory existence balloons out of proportion.
August 14, 2019
In trying to make a naturalistic movie, Jon Favreau forgot that myths dwell on magic and symbolism. As a result, The Lion King is a soulless fiasco. [Full review in Spanish]
August 11, 2019
The film is likely to be admired by a new generation of young kids but when looking at this through a critical eye, the 1994 movie did it much better.
August 10, 2019
"Hakuna Matata" ... watching that was just not alright...it lacked energy, and Seth Rogan isn't exactly known for his singing chops...
August 10, 2019
I liked the visuals, and some of the new changes they tried to implement, but given the budget for this movie...it's almost like we're enabling bad behavior by constantly seeing these movies.
August 9, 2019
It lacks the emotional depth of the original. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 6, 2019
Beautiful but disappointing. The images feel very real at times, but they lack the character and heart of both truly real animals and traditional animation.
August 6, 2019
If you never once saw the original, this would definitely mean a lot more to people.
August 2, 2019
There are no flatter moments in the movie than musical numbers. [Full review in Spanish]
August 1, 2019
No doubt, it's impressive to look at. A visual feast. But it also lifts its heart and emotion wholesale from the 1994 version and counts on your preexisting affinity to carry the day.
Top Critic
July 30, 2019
Even if you somehow made it into the new Lion King without knowing its origins, you might start to wonder if there was another version of it that made more sense...
July 29, 2019
The new Lion King is very likely to make you wish you were watching the original instead. The film just feels like a soulless rehash of its predecessor and proves that no amount of technical wizardry can trump solid, affecting storytelling.
July 29, 2019
Despite its impressive technical feats, The Lion King is a disappointing and hollow adaptation of Disney's animated classic. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 27, 2019
Asked to justify its existence, The Lion King only offers a photorealistic image of a dour-looking lion. And there's not much one can eke out from that. Doesn't this look like a real lion? Sure. But to what end?
July 27, 2019
All filmmakers would find it a compliment to have their latest picture compared to Alfred Hitchcock's excellent Psycho. Yet none would care to have their new movie compared to Gus Van Sant's execrable Psycho.
July 27, 2019
Having the technology to make photorealistic animals and environments is almost reason enough for a remake of The Lion King to exist. However, instead of using the technology to tell a story, the movie lets the technology dictate its decisions.
July 26, 2019
John Favreau's The Lion King is not an emotionally powerful film, just a technological curiosity. [Full Review in Spanish]
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