'The Lion King' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   8 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   96 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    84
    The Lion King, more than any of the recent wave of Disney animated features, has the resonance to stand not just as a terrific cartoon but as an emotionally pungent movie.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    70
    More so than the exuberant movie miracles that came before it, this latest animated juggernaut has the feeling of a clever, predictable product.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    100
    The animation is simple and bold, with fluency and muscular confidence, and Elton John and Tim Rice's songs drive the story onward with terrific fervour.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    A computer-animated scene featuring a stampede of wildebeest is positively breathtaking.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Hal Hinson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    An impressive, almost daunting achievement.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    The story line is a Joseph Campbell hero-quest so stripped down to its basics as to become dull.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    80
    Everyone, young and old, will find something to appreciate in this Shakespearean tale of a young lion discovering his rightful place in the world.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    A superbly drawn animated feature.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The result is a step toward multiculturalism and ecological correctness, though not without a certain amount of confusion.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Jeremy Gerard Variety (Top Critic)
    Some of the richest imagery the studio's animators have produced and held together.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • John Hartl Film.com (Top Critic)
    An ingenious mixture of themes from narrative sources as ancient and varied as Hamlet, the Old Testament and The Odyssey.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    88
    There clearly has been a conscious effort to please adults as much as children. Happily, for those of us who generally stay far away from 'cartoons,' they have succeeded.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Glenn Abel Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    A crown jewel of modern Disney animation.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Richard Corliss TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    Winning and gorgeous.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    A royal treat.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service
    88
    The exclamation point on a great run of classic Disney animation...
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Michelle Alexandria Eclipse Magazine
    100
    This is my first experience with The Lion King it is a surprisingly dark, deep and more complex movie than I thought it would be. There's a reason why everyone loves it. One of the best animated films of all time and amazing 3D.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • R. L. Shaffer IGN DVD
    100
    A classic story told through immersive visuals, great voice work and some of the most memorable songs in movie history. The Lion King defines animated classic.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Linda Cook KWQC-TV (Iowa)
    100
    Yes, it's a Disney film. But if you're a grown-up, don't let that stop you from sinking your teeth into 'The Lion King.' There's more depth, humor and dignity to this show than you'll see at almost any other movie so far this year.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Canavese Groucho Reviews
    88
    It's not hard to understand why The Lion King's good-vs.-evil adventure and high-spirited comic passages haven't lost their appeal. [Blu-ray]
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Philip French Observer [UK]
    It's an attractive film but altogether less interesting and more conventional than the Pixar productions that now dominate Disney's animated output.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Graham Young Birmingham Mail
    80
    Feel the love tonight. And see the colours, too.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Derek Malcolm This is London
    80
    It does exactly what it says on the tin.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Anthony Quinn Independent
    80
    Huge fun for the kids; some acceptable laughs for the adults.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Allan Hunter Daily Express
    100
    The 3D technology adds some eye-popping moments but the best thing about this reissue is the chance for a new generation to see a modern classic on a cinema screen.
    Full Review » 3 years ago