The Lion King debuts to a Rotten score on Rotten Tomatoes after the first reviews are published.
there are enough negative reviews that The Lion King actually has a “Rotten” score on Rotten Tomatoes. At the time of writing this article, 86 total reviews have been counted on Rotten Tomatoes, and 57% of them are negative. A critics consensus has already emerged:
Though it can take pride in its visual achievements, this reimagined The Lion King is a by-the-numbers retelling that lacks the energy and heart that made the original so beloved-though for some fans that may just be enough.
To be fair, negative reviews don’t mean that a movie isn’t going to make money. Aladdin went on to become a behemoth in spite of its Rotten Tomatoes score, passing $900 million at the worldwide box office. A lot of the success of The Lion King will depend on the audience score once the opening weekend arrives.
This development is a little surprising since Lion King‘s social media reactions released earlier this week painted a more positive picture. On social media, most appeared to be in agreement that The Lion King was an astounding technical achievement and praised the efforts of the actors involved
The Lion King will make money this summer, but it sounds like rewatching the original would be a more rewarding experience.