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The Lion King

United States
Animation. Adventure. Drama. Musical | Animals. Africa. 3D. Remake
After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery. Remake of Disney's traditionally animated 1994 film of the same name. Produced and directed by Jon Favreau.
Author Review
United StatesUnited States M
Peter Debruge
"By focusing his attention on upgrading the look of the earlier film, Favreau reinforces the strength of the 1994 classic (...) [It] honors what came before"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
"It may be the most conservative, least surprising, least risk-taking film of the current century (...) Everything here is so safe and tame and carefully calculated as to seem predigested"  NEG
United StatesUnited States M
A. O. Scott
The New York Times
"If a movie could be judged solely on technique, 'The Lion King' might qualify as a great one (...) There is a lot of professionalism but not much heart. It may be that the realism of the animals makes it hard to connect with them as characters"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
"Though the new ground it breaks is visual rather than dramatic or emotional, this is a polished, satisfying entertainment (...) [It] knows how to bring you around."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Scott Mendelson
"Be prepared for a crushing disappointment (...) The emphasis is on 'realism' at the expense of entertainment value. At almost every turn, this redo undercuts its own melodrama by downplaying its own emotions"  NEG
United StatesUnited States F
Leah Greenblatt
Entertainment Weekly
"The story and the songs, with a few notable if hardly unexpected updates, are fondly faithful to the original; the magic mostly intact."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
David Ehrlich
"'Lion King' fatally misunderstands what once made Disney special (...) A well-rendered but creatively bankrupt self-portrait of a movie studio eating its own tail."  NEG
United StatesUnited States F
Rosie Knight
"A strong cast, outstanding visuals, and the classic animal-centric take on Hamlet make this infinitely more watchable than some of the studio's previous retellings"  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Kendra James
The Verge
"[It] is pretty, but so unnecessary (...) It’s hard to imagine millennials, or even Gen-Xers, choosing to show their kids this version of the film in lieu of the animated original"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Brian Lowry
"The result is a polished and satisfying film, yet one that conspicuously feels even more like a consumer product than most Disney revivals of its animated classics."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Bilge Ebiri
"Technically speaking, it’s a marvel (...) The not-so-good news is that, having entered the photorealistic realm, 'The Lion King's mood too has changed"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Matt Goldberg
"Unfortunately, the photoreal approach makes it feel like a Disneynature movie that happens to have celebrity voices (...) It never finds its own purpose to exist outside the photorealism"  NEG
United StatesUnited States M
William Bibbiani
The Wrap
"The contrast between the impossible events happening on-screen and the hyper-realism of the imagery doesn’t always work in the movie’s favor (...) Sometimes it’s fascinating, frequently it’s ludicrous"  NEU
United StatesUnited States F
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
"It’s extraordinarily clever. There’s no doubt about that (...) But all that’s really new is the technology. And impressive as it is, it fails to set the spirits soaring (…) Rating: ★★★½ (out of 5)"  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian
"The new 'Lion King' gains in shock and awe while losing in character and wit (...) [It is] watchable and enjoyable. But I missed the simplicity and vividness of the original hand-drawn images (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Chris Hunneysett
"Donald Glover and Beyonce are fierce - and the photorealistic CGI in The Lion King 2019 movie is so very incredible (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom F
Helen O'Hara
"Beautifully crafted and carefully conceived, without ever entirely justifying its existence (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom F
Caryn James
"You can go back to the original film for its sweep and beauty and for Jeremy Irons. See the new version for its fun and immersion into a fantastical world that feels real (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom F
Clarisse Loughrey
The Independent
"A technological marvel of unprecedented hyperrealism (...) [It] benefits massively from the fact its music is as good as ever (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times
"Marvel at the computer-generated craftsmanship but this 'live-action' refit cannot quite match the emotional heights of the Disney animated classic (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
CanadaCanada F
Molly Freeman
Screen Rant
"[It] is good because the original animated movie was great (...) It's worth marveling at just what Disney has accomplished with the film (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
CanadaCanada M
Norman Wilner
Now Toronto
"It is an abomination (...) [It] looks like nature documentary footage that’s been repurposed into a new 'Lion King'"  NEG
CanadaCanada M
Barry Hertz
The Globe and Mail
"Beautiful but soulless (...) It’s an entertaining and thrilling tale, if you’ve never seen it before. But you have (…) Rating: ★★ (out of 4)"  NEU
CanadaCanada M
Andrew Parker
The Gate
"I’m just as captivated by these images in their photorealistic forms as I was when they were lovingly sketched out by hand. I’m sure younger viewers will be just as impressed (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
CanadaCanada M
Alex Hudson
"Throw in some quirky, memorable voice performances and truly beautiful visuals (...) and it's enough to make this a worthy celebration of a childhood classic."  POS
AustraliaAustralia M
Liam Maguren
"The visual details are incredible and the animation's pretty much flawless on an anatomical level (...) [It] constantly imitates the original—and that's a big problem (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
AustraliaAustralia M
Anthony O'Connor
"It just doesn’t take off and consequently feels like an overlong slog through the savanna."  NEG
AustraliaAustralia F
Wenlei Ma
"Visually astonishing but narratively flat (...) It’s harder to connect with grounded, realistic animals, even when they’re talking and singing (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
AustraliaAustralia M
DM Bradley
The Adelaide Review
"A wholly unnecessary and ho-hum affair that leaves you wondering why they – or you – bothered."  NEG
IrelandIreland M
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
"It’s technically remarkable but the characters are weak and the story a carbon copy (…) Rating: ★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
IrelandIreland F
Tanya Sweeney
Irish Independent
"There’s no doubting that 'The Lion King' is a visual delight (...) But the playfulness and charm that made the original such a childhood staple has somehow been lost in translation.(…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
IrelandIreland M
Harry Guerin
"This 'Lion King's crowning glory is (...) how Favreau has ensured that an urgent ecological message jumps off the screen with more power than even the Shakespearean elements of the story (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
IrelandIreland M
Brian Lloyd
"[It] has its moments and if you never saw the original, this would definitely mean a lot to you. However, the fact remains that it's not an original effort (…) Rating: ★★½ (out of 5)"  NEU
IrelandIreland M
"Everything seems to just be operating on autopilot. The acting, the songs, and the narrative. Nothing works (…) Rating: ★½ (out of 5)"  NEG
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