The Lion King

Critics Consensus

While it can take pride in its visual achievements,The Lion King is a by-the-numbers retelling that lacks the energy and heart that made the original so beloved--though for some fans that may just be enough.



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From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau's all-new "The Lion King" journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother-and former heir to the throne-has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.


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All Critics (141) | Top Critics (28)

  • A bunch of big cats just aren't cut out to carry "Hamlet," as insane as it is to have to state that.

    Jul 15, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • But if the new Lion King is not as seamless as the earlier versions, it is full of adventure and is just as sweetly engaging.

    Jul 15, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Caryn James
    Top Critic
  • There is plenty of wonder on offer in this Lion King, but little imagination.

    Jul 13, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Yes, this movie is a safari to the shadowland... And it's just deep enough to give a cat who's come of age something to sink his teeth into.

    Jul 11, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Pairing off romantically to produce a legitimate heir to the throne is nice and all, but it's getting destroyed by the minions of your own venal ambition that's the real circle of life.

    Jul 11, 2019 | Full Review…

    Dana Stevens

    Top Critic
  • It hangs together better than the horrid, live-action Aladdin remake that came out in May. But that's not saying much. Most viewers will find this Lion King to be either eye-candy or uncanny valley. There's so little in between.

    Jul 11, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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