It never comes as a surprise when audiences love a film that critics hate. Critics are, well, too critical sometimes and get caught up in their own idea of what film should be versus what a specific film is meant to be. Being a film critic is also a very subjective job as they’re all humans and subject to their own biases when deciding how good a film is. The Lion King is a prime example of the classic audience v. critic dynamic.
Critics gave the live-action adaptation of the beloved story of Simba a rotten score of 55 on Rotten Tomatoes, while 89% of verified audience reviewers seemed to like the film. The movie also received a solid A from CinemaScore. This explains why the film is expected to make over $190 million during its opening weekend at the domestic box office.
Disney’s live-action adaptations have a roller-coaster style relationship with critic scores with only The Jungle Book and Cinderella being rated as “Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences have been much more forgiving of nearly all of the films, although this year’s Dumbo did poorly with both groups.
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