The Lion King - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

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 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.
Read More | 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
July 15, 2019
'The Lion King' is arguably up for one of the best films of all time. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 20, 2019
Scar is I think the best Disney villain that we've ever had.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
December 14, 2018
Simply the pinnacle of Disney animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 4, 2008
This tale of a lion cub's coming of age in the African veldt offers a less memorable song score than did the previous hits, and a hasty, unsatisfying dramatic resolution.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 4, 2008
Notorious tear-jerker, but this is Disney at its best.
July 10, 2019
The Lion King isn't just the best film of the Disney Renaissance but the best animated film of all time!
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 26, 2018
The massive wildebeest stampede and Scar's Third Reich-inspired musical number were already phenomenal 17 years ago without the additional dimension, so what's really the point?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 1, 2019
The best of Disney animation. [Full Review in Spanish]
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
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