...a superbly drawn animated feature.
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
...one of Disney' greatest achievements.
—Christopher Null filmcritic.com
...has the resonance to stand not just as a terrific cartoon but as an emotionally pungent movie.
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
More so than the exuberant movie miracles that came before it, this latest animated juggernaut has the feeling of a clever, predictable product.
—Stephen Holden New York Times
Some of the richest imagery the studio's animators have produced and held together.
—Jeremy Gerard Variety
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.
—Rob Humanick Slant Magazine