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The Lion King (2019)



Critic Consensus: While it can take pride in its visual achievements,The Lion King is a by-the-numbers retelling that lacks the energy and heart that made the original so beloved--though for some fans that may just be enough.

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From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau's all-new "The Lion King" journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother-and former heir to the throne-has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

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Seth Rogen
as Pumbaa
John Kani
as Rafiki
JD McCrary
as Young Simba
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Critic Reviews for The Lion King

All Critics (430) | Top Critics (83)

Watch this Lion King for the technical achievement and musical numbers, and then watch the original to feel satisfied.

February 20, 2020 | Full Review…

Overseeing such a massive technical production as this one requires a filmmaker to be on top of every nuance and detail in play. Actor/director Favreau is the right person for the job.

December 10, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The Lion King captures just enough of the original's warmhearted excitement -- and introduces enough new delights -- to feel like more than a cynical Disney money grab.

September 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Though by no means a bad movie, The Lion King would've been better off trying to be more of its own movie, do something different in terms of story and character, and aim as high narratively as it achieved with its extraordinary visuals.

August 5, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Even if you somehow made it into the new Lion King without knowing its origins, you might start to wonder if there was another version of it that made more sense...

July 30, 2019 | Full Review…
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The Lion King feels less like watching a cohesive film and more like listening to a separate audio track narrating what is happening onscreen. The two halves don't mesh.

July 23, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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