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  • Disney's The Lion King has the difficult task of trying to improve on the animated original. 1 / 9

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  • While the new version is visually stunning ... 2 / 9

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  • ... the film ultimately feels like an unnecessary retread. 3 / 9

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  • The cast is strong overall, although some members seem to be phoning it in. 4 / 9

  • The film is also played more dramatic, which at least helps it to stand out. 5 / 9

  • It's not a bad film, by any means ... 6 / 9

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  • ... but if comes off as a somewhat- uninspired cover of the 1994 original. 7 / 9

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  • The Lion King comes to theaters July 19. 8 / 9

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