The Lion King Reviews

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September 10, 2019
The Lion King captures just enough of the original's warmhearted excitement -- and introduces enough new delights -- to feel like more than a cynical Disney money grab.
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 22, 2019
Despite the superstar talent of the cast and the stunning presentation, it misses some of the heart that placed the original securely in the pop culture canon.
July 22, 2019
Rarely has brand recognition soared to such fetishistic heights, and I regret to inform you that, aside from the updating of the vocal cast, the most blatant discrepancy between the old and the new is a very slight increase in the comedy of flatulence.
July 19, 2019
By this point, Disney's do-overs feel a lot like their cash-grabby, inspiration-free '90s direct-to-video sequels, only with vastly better production values.
July 18, 2019
Where the animated original had an endearingly cheery anthropomorphism, with wide eyes and cute expressions, this lacks that. You're marveling at the beauty of the animals, but it just doesn't work with the material.
July 18, 2019
It's a remake with roar.
Top Critic
July 18, 2019
Some of these remakes have been more inspired than others, but few have felt quite as futile as The Lion King. This isn't the circle of life; it's more like a creative dead end.
July 18, 2019
Even if it were good, the best this movie could have hoped for was to be an imitation of something that was already perfect to begin with.
July 18, 2019
At no point in Jon Favreau's The Lion King does it seem like it was a good idea to remake Disney's 1994 African wilderness parable, apart from the financial windfall it is sure to accrue.
July 18, 2019
You'll find yourself longing for the freedom afforded by simple lines and pixels.
July 18, 2019
Everything money can buy, including the vocal talents of Beyonce and Donald Glover, has been poured into this photo-realistic retake on The Lion King. What's missing is heart, soul, daring and the faintest hint of originality.
July 17, 2019
Calling it a "worthy successor" would be a stretch. Better instead to call it a reason to visit theaters at a time when such "reasons" are becoming increasingly few and far between.
July 17, 2019
This Lion King is retrograde-a cinematic expression of the kind of toxic nostalgia that has infiltrated our national discourse.
July 16, 2019
The Lion King redux doesn't feel marvelous, let alone like a magical creation from the Magic Kingdom. The beauty of the landscapes fills the eye without stirring the soul.
July 16, 2019
The king is dead. Long live the king.
July 16, 2019
A canny hybrid of old and new, ringing a few changes but sticking fast to the basics... Yet the film's attachment to the real world produces an oddly sobering effect.
July 16, 2019
A film that is stunning to look at, even inspiring at times, but dramatically bizarre.
July 15, 2019
A bunch of big cats just aren't cut out to carry "Hamlet," as insane as it is to have to state that.
July 15, 2019
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.
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