Jim Ferguson gave the movie "a solid B."
From the film's Wikipedia page :
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is a 2018 fantasy adventure film directed by Andy Serkis with a screenplay by Callie Kloves, based on stories collected in All the Mowgli Stories by Rudyard Kipling . The film stars Rohan Chand , Matthew Rhys , and Freida Pinto , along with voice and motion capture performances from Christian Bale , Cate Blanchett , Benedict Cumberbatch , Naomie Harris , and Serkis.
Talks of a new Jungle Book film from Warner Bros. Pictures began in 2012 and various directors, including Steve Kloves , Ron Howard , and Alejandro González Iñárritu , were approached before Serkis was confirmed in March 2014. Much of the cast signed on that August and principal photography began in March 2015. Filming took place in South Africa and at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden , England.
Originally scheduled to be released in October 2016 by Warner Bros. Pictures, the film was delayed numerous times to work on the visual effects and to create space between itself and the April 2016 release of Walt Disney Pictures ' own Jungle Book adaptation . In July 2018, Warner Bros. Pictures sold the rights for the film to Netflix . The film was released in select theaters on November 29, 2018, followed by its subsequent digital Netflix release on December 7, 2018. It received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the cast, visual effects, and Serkis' passion for the project, but compared it unfavorably to the Disney film and criticized the uneven tone, calling it a "messy—if ambitious—misfire"