The Lion King (1994)

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
The Lion King (1994) Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 6+

Musical king-of-the-beasts blockbuster is powerful, scary.

G 1994 89 minutes

Parents say

age 6+

Based on 88 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 206 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Stands out for .

Community Reviews

age 8+

Hated it

I hated the characters, the songs, and all other elements of the film. The pro-monarchist message doesn't help matters. If the animals had formed an autonomous collective, I would give it a second star.
1 person found this helpful.
age 8+

We are all part of the great circle of life!!!

Lion king a great disney film filled with outstanding life lessons.However the film is a little dark for really young viewers. There is violent emotional themes in this film involving a Child losing his father by his own uncle. But in the end what it is really all about is taking pride who you are and, who could become.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence

Movie Details

Our Editors Recommend

Character Strengths

Find more movies that help kids build character.

  • Young girl playing
    Courage
    See all
  • Boy staring into the sunset
    Humility
    See all
  • Child cross country skiing
    Perseverance
    See all

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Cartoon hands high fiving
    Friendship
    See all
  • Cartoon image of a microphone
    Music and Sing-Along
    See all
  • Cartoon picture of an elephant
    Wild Animals
    See all

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate