• Released
  • September 16, 2011
  • (Original release date: 06/15/94)
  • G , 1 hr 27 min
  • Animated

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A hugely entertaining blend of music, fun and eye-popping thrills, though it doesn't lack for heart.
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New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Pure, eye-popping pleasure.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Has the resonance to stand not just as a terrific cartoon but as an emotionally pungent movie.
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Film Threat

A timeless classic, full of excitement, humor, witty asides and memorable characters.
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By James Berardinelli
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.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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Austin Chronicle

It's a thumping good adventure.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
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.
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Slant Magazine

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.
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TV Guide

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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83 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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