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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 20
  2. Negative: 9 out of 20
  1. 63
    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]
  2. 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]
  3. Reviewed by: Anita Gates
    40
    The animation is done in rich, jewel-like colors, but it seems strangely flat. The overall film does, too, although the glorious Rodgers and Hammerstein music makes up for a lot.
  4. A dismal pastiche of threadbare plot devices and not-so-comic interludes.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Witty
    25
    Lacks genuine magic.
  6. An animated King and I? Now there's torture, especially in this wretched, lurid, absurd concoction which seems to have been conceived to annoy adults and bore children.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2

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