“Raya and the Last Dragon,” Disney Animation Studios’ newest movie, hits theaters (and Disney+) this weekend.

It stars the voices of “Star Wars” alum Kelly Marie Tran and Golden Globe winner Awkwafina in its central roles and tells the tale of a young warrior on a mission to find a mythical dragon and save her world from certain doom. But is it worth the cost of admission (or the added streaming fee)?

Before you open your wallet, take a minute to check out what the critics are saying about “Raya.”

  • As of March 2, “Raya and the Last Dragon” holds a 96% critics score on the movie review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.

The film is classified as “Certified Fresh” and the site’s own one-sentence review calls the movie “another gorgeously animated, skillfully voiced entry in the Disney canon” that “continues the studio’s increased representation while reaffirming that its classic formula is just as reliable as ever.”

  • Brian Tallerico, a critic for RogerEbert.com, called the film an “ambitious family film that will work for all ages,” adding that the film “never talks down to its audience while presenting them with an entertaining, thought-provoking story.”

Tallerico gave the movie a three-and-a-half out of four stars rating.

  • Screen Crush’s Matt Singer gave the film six out of 10 score, stating that it visits a bevy of familiar Disney concepts and sequences, but combines them in such a way that “a batch of old ideas winds up feeling relatively fresh.”
  • In a review for AV Club, Danette Chavez expressed that “Raya” spends a portion of its runtime ruminating on “grief and recovery from trauma.” In these moments, Chavez stated the film “meaningfully distinguishes itself from the rest of the princess oeuvre.”

She added, “Just as unique as the film’s world-building is its sense of hope burnished by loss, not undermined by it. Only the Disney boilerplate messaging — believe in yourself/others — obscures the power of this moving tale and how it captures, intentionally or not, a specific form of sorrow.”

Chavez graded the movie with a B- score.

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  • The Guardian’s Benjamin Lee gave “Raya” a three out of five star rating, stating it serves as a good reminder of what Disney does best: “Transporting (viewers) to a beautifully crafted universe to tell a story that’s both involving and, vitally, fresh.”

He added, “While some of the beats might be a little too predictable and while the emotional wallop at the end might be more of a gentle tap, ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ works for the most part, a charming, sweet-natured YA-leaning adventure that acts as proof that Disney needs to focus on moving forward rather than continuing to look back.”

“Raya and the Last Dragon” is rated PG for “some violence, action and thematic elements” according to IMDb. It will open in theaters nationwide Friday. “Raya” will also be available to stream on Disney+ for an added fee.