Metascore
29

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 20
  2. Negative: 9 out of 20
  1. 38
    Unappealing for children and adults alike, The King and I will likely bring families together in their mutual boredom.
  2. A dismal pastiche of threadbare plot devices and not-so-comic interludes.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    30
    Broadway musical purists will shudder in horror, but parents will be whistling a happy tune that there's at least one acceptable pic out there for their kids.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Witty
    25
    Lacks genuine magic.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    20
    Garish, animated junk.
  6. 20
    It's hard to imagine a more ill-advised choice of source material.
  7. Even the Richard Rich-directed animation -- except for some nice but gratuitous computer-generated walking statues and dramatic ocean waves -- is not appreciably better than Saturday morning cartoons.
  8. It's a puzzlement how so many pros could have so wrecked one of the most beloved, hummably familiar movie musicals in the Rodgers and Hammerstein repertoire.
  9. 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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