She also bigged up Beyonce in her role as Nala, who has been given a bigger storyline in the remake.
Ms Verhoeven added: “It’s a true testament to the lasting effect Disney movies have on all generations. ‘Timon and Pumbaa steal the show. And BEYONCE!!!”
Critic Terri Schwartz, on the other hand, thought Beyoncé and Donald Glover are “fine if underused” while “the comedians and especially young Simba JD McCrary stole the goddamn show.”
The film is a “landmark visual experience” that could “change movies forever” according to Adam B.
He wrote: “The Lion King is a landmark *visual* experience.
“I’ve never seen anything like it, and I think it’s going to change how we look at movies forever.”
However, he hinted that despite cutting-edge technology the live action film struggles to convey human emotions through the expressions of animated animals.
While Mike Ryan wrote: “I think it’s the most beautiful effects movie I’ve seen.
He added: “Like next level, the game has changed kind of thing.”
Not only did musicians Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) and Beyonce take starring roles in the movie as Nala and Simba, but they also had a part in its soundtrack.
They recorded a new version of Elton John’s original Lion King ballad “Can you feel the love tonight” – swoon.
The film also features a brand new Beyonce track from called Spirit.
The Lion King hits UK cinemas on July 19.