• Released
  • September 16, 2011
  • (Original release date: 06/15/94)
  • G , 1 hr 27 min
  • Animated
    Family
The Lion King Synopsis
Young Simba, son of Mufasa, must fight his wicked Uncle Scar to be king after his father is killed.
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Critic Ratings

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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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100

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Pure, eye-popping pleasure.
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91

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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90

Film Threat

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A timeless classic, full of excitement, humor, witty asides and memorable characters.
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88

ReelViews

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...
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88

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...
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78

Austin Chronicle

It's a thumping good adventure.
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75

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...
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63

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...
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60

TV Guide

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The film has some of Disney's most spectacular animation yet -- particularly in the wildebeest stampede -- and strong vocal performances,...
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I learned everything from this movie!

By redyeah
I watched this movie as a young child and learned just about everything I know about the world from it. I learned family is the most important thing. I learned pride, love, loyalty, friendship, one's...

The Lion King Movie Review

By Asianfreak
100 out of 100 Will always be my #2 childhood favorites....

Circle of Life

By mmswife
I remember this one from when I was a kid. It brought it full circle to take my own son. We all loved it! I had a hard time not singing along with the songs. Definitely suggest going but you better...

The Lion King review

By Therumrunner5
Cable...

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Fantastic!

By mammas1969
Saw it with my 22 yo duaghter - brougt back fond memories of when it originally came out on VHS. It was awesome on the big screen!...

The Lion King review

By usahollister
it was like being a little kid all over again!...

Great movie

By ravibabi
A classic enough said!!...

Lion King in 3D!

By mbtorres2010
This was a classic and one of the main movies in my son's DVD collection! Seeing it in 3D was a true awesome experience! Great Family movie!...

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Rated G
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 6+ Musical king-of-the-beasts blockbuster is powerful, scary.
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