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63
Chicago Tribune
The animation itself is just OK. And the reworked script, despite some funny one-liners, is pretty much there just to pull the story along to its inevitable conclusion. [19 March 1999, Friday, p. A]
63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
It's doubtful that today's children would have any patience for the stagy 1956 version, so the current animated offering, despite its flaws, at least opens a door to the music.
50
Chicago Sun-Times
Seemed kind of stuffy.
50
San Francisco Chronicle
Still, it's almost impossible to entirely wreck this great chestnut of Broadway and film. Thanks mostly to the terrific songs, the new version has transporting moments. [20 March 1999, Daily Notebook, p.B1]
50
USA Today
No abomination but forgettably mediocre. [19 March 1999, Life, p. 13E]
50
Christian Science Monitor
Animated version of the Rogers & Hammerstein musical.
40
Shabby, nondescript hack job.
38
ReelViews
Unappealing for children and adults alike, The King and I will likely bring families together in their mutual boredom.
25
Lacks genuine magic.
20
Garish, animated junk.
0
Entertainment Weekly
It's a puzzlement how so many pros could have so wrecked one of the most beloved, hummably familiar movie musicals in the Rodgers and Hammerstein repertoire.

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