The Lion King (2019)

118 mins
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The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau helms this CG-animated re-imagining of the 1994 Walt Disney classic. Features the voice work... More

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The Lion King (2019) is now playing in 1 cinema... More in New Zealand. The Lion King (2019) is available to stream in New Zealand now on YouTube and Google TV and Apple TV Store and Disney+.

The Lion King (2019) | Ratings & Reviews

"Is this new Lion King better than the animated one? That’s the burning question on everyone’s mind but here’s a better question: what’s the point of remaking that classic? The sceptic might believe Disney’s reheating your nostalgia in a CGI microwave in order to get your money. The optimist might think the photorealism brings something completely different to the experience. Well, call me a sceptical optimist."


"From the ecstatic Zulu chant that opens the film... to the thundering drum beat that ends it... Jon Favreau's exhilarating live-action take on "The Lion King" hews closer to the Walt Disney animated masterpiece than any of the studio's recent remakes."


"This new Lion King is an invader of the real world, its characters akin to stuffed trophies mounted on the wall. They're lifelike, yes, but somehow not alive."

Time OutTime Out

"The closer the movie gets to nature in its look, the more blatant, intrusive and purposeless its artifice seems."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"This is an anthro-leonine deepfake of impressive proportions, but the new Lion King gains in shock and awe while losing in character and wit."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"A slightly strange experience for those who went to cinemas in 1994, but it's still a story likely to get a big roar of approval from younger audience members."


"By joining familiar material with mind-expanding technology, "Lion King" knows how to bring you around."

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times

"Everything here is so safe and tame and carefully calculated as to seem pre-digested. There's nary a surprise in the whole two hours."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"Beautifully crafted and carefully conceived, without ever entirely justifying its existence... So, you might feel the love tonight, but perhaps not quite as much as before."

Empire MagazineEmpire Magazine