The remake of Disney's Lion King, starring Donald Glover and Beyonce, has also been described by pun-tastic critics as both a "resounding success" and a "tame".
The original animation of 1994 won two Oscars for the best music and the highest score, while the stage version is also Broadway's most profitable musical.
Director Jon Favreau, who also rewrote The Jungle Book, used a photorealistic animation in the film.
Glover and Beyonce are the voices of the Simba and Nala lions respectively.
British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor provides the voice of the wicked Scar.
In a four-star review, The Telegraph said that "the power of this new lion king comes from outside."
"You soak up its amazing photorealistic visuals," wrote Robbie Collin, "and marvel at the extraordinary progress that can happen in a single generation, but you still want it for the beauty and purity of it. handmade animation that was lost to make room for it. "
He added: "You might imagine that the median act of Hakuna Matata, who sings easily, would only work if it was hand-drawn.But the expert mastery of cinematographer Caleb Deschanel for the "Natural" show and the sheer exuberance of Rogen's and Eichner's performances make it the most purely delicious movie section. "
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The film features songs by Sir Tim Rice and Sir Elton John, 25 years after their original efforts to win an Oscar.
The Guardian, were less impressed by the film, writing "The Fool Copier is not so terrible."
Peter Bradshaw said: "This is an anthro-leonin deepfake of awesome proportions, but the new Lion King is gaining in shock and admiration by losing in character and spirit."
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The Independent was impressed by Disney's "finding new ways to tell old stories". The writer Clarisse Loughrey awarded him four stars and described the film as "a technological marvel of unprecedented hyperrealism".
"The lion king has used nostalgia as a springboard to experiment, finding new ways to tell old stories, while reminding us of what makes these stories really feel timeless."
Peter Debruge of Variety was impressed by the CGI, saying that "the animals looked really convincing", adding that the film would impress old fans and win new ones.
He said: "By focusing his attention on improving the look of the previous film while remaining true to his directorial choices and his scenario, Favreau reinforces the strength of the 1994 classic.
Todd McCarthy in The Hollywood Reporter was less enthusiastic about his praises, saying that very few remakes had been as faithful to their original versions as this one.
"Everything here is so safe and tamed and carefully calculated that it seems pre-digested," he said. "There is no surprise in two hours."
"If you've never been a Lion King fan, nothing will win you here, but for those who are too young to have ever seen it, it could change your life."
Brian Viner of the Daily Mail did not agree and went as far as saying that this version of The Lion King may well be the best "Disney remake to date, but with one or two reservations.
He said that animals' faces are less expressive than they were in the original and that Ejiofor "can not match" his predecessor. [original Scar actor] Jeremy Irons "for the fruity and baritone threat", the film is a "great film in its own right".
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Kevin Maher in The Times awarded him four stars and agreed that "it's better than the original". He also preferred that Ejiofor represent Simba's uncle and Mufasa's jealous younger brother, calling his performance "masterly".
The filmmakers, he said, have "exchanged Jeremy Irons' theatrical camp for something much more internalized and more sinister".
The IndieWire website concluded that the Disney remake was "a disastrous plunge into the mysterious valley". David Ehrlich wrote: "Taking place as the deepest and least convincing in the world, the new Lion King inevitably misunderstands what has in the past made Disney so special."
The Lion King will be in British cinemas on July 19th.
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