(1994)

Critic Reviews

83

Metascore

Based on 14 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
A hugely entertaining blend of music, fun and eye-popping thrills, though it doesn't lack for heart.
100
New York Daily News
Pure, eye-popping pleasure.
91
Entertainment Weekly
Has the resonance to stand not just as a terrific cartoon but as an emotionally pungent movie.
90
A timeless classic, full of excitement, humor, witty asides and memorable characters.
88
Chicago Sun-Times
Basically what we have here is a drama, with comedy occasionally lifting the mood. The result is a surprising seriousness; this isn't the mindless romp with cute animals.
88
ReelViews
There are moments of fun and humor, to be sure, but the undercurrent is of a far more serious, "adult" nature. The Lion King is primarily about guilt and redemption.
78
Austin Chronicle
It's a thumping good adventure.
75
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
For all the undeniable merits, it somehow feels manufactured, and thus, to a degree, calculated - the product not of a collective imagination taking esthetic chances, but of an imaginative collective putting the rivets into a well-wrought plan that can't go awry.
63
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.
60
The film has some of Disney's most spectacular animation yet -- particularly in the wildebeest stampede -- and strong vocal performances, especially by skilled Broadway comedian Nathan Lane. However, it suffers from a curiously undeveloped story line.

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