The Lion King

User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 482 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 32 out of 482

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  1. [Anonymous]
    Dec 26, 2002
    3
    It's ok, but didn't like it.
  2. KeithS.
    Mar 19, 2003
    2
    The story of Hamlet as told by Disney, through a lion, by way of Osama Tuzuka's "Kimba the White Lion." Putting aside where Disney generated the idea from, this movie clearly delivers a solid emotional punch. However, you have to ignore, or not notice, the variety of plot discrepencies, shut your eyes to "clicky" animation (which anyone in the ani field can point out), and try not to The story of Hamlet as told by Disney, through a lion, by way of Osama Tuzuka's "Kimba the White Lion." Putting aside where Disney generated the idea from, this movie clearly delivers a solid emotional punch. However, you have to ignore, or not notice, the variety of plot discrepencies, shut your eyes to "clicky" animation (which anyone in the ani field can point out), and try not to be insulted by the racial stereotyping. While the film veers off into the land of symbollism a couple of times, altering the subjective POV for no reason, and -- at one critical point -- fumbling its way into a Leni Reifenstahl remake, these things do nothing to the story which, in the end, still has more holes in it than the good ol' fashioned proverbial Swiss cheese. Those professionals who enjoyed it should try to stop enjoying the free trips to Disney World and start watching the movies. Expand
  3. Sander
    May 1, 2008
    0
    Fuck Disney. They RIPPED-OFF Kimba the white lion, without even giving any credit to Ozamu Tesuka, the creator.
  4. Traustik
    Mar 2, 2003
    0
    Never really got it.
  5. Hades
    Jan 14, 2003
    3
    I never really found this movie appealing in the slightest, even when i was young and it was a "new" film. Good for the kids i guess but not some epic life changing event at all.
  6. Sep 21, 2011
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. PURELY BOOOOOORING
    the lion king was great when i was 6 but i recently watched this and thought what the hell was i thinking, THIS MOVE SUCKS!!! lame jokes, random singing, and terrible voice acting. my opinion: WORST DISNEY MOVIE EVER!
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Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Rob Humanick
    Sep 12, 2011
    63
    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 the studio's output.
  2. For all the undeniable merits, it somehow feels manufactured, and thus, to a degree, calculated - the product not of a collective imagination taking esthetic chances, but of an imaginative collective putting the rivets into a well-wrought plan that can't go awry.
  3. It's a thumping good adventure.