George Clooney has given his "best" ever performance in his latest movie 'The Descendants', according to one critic.

The Hollywood actor has been praised for his role of Matt King - a trustee of his family's land in Hawaii, who attempts to reunite with his two daughters Scotty (Amara Miller) and Alexandra (Shailene Woodley) when his wife enters a coma following a serious boating accident - with one reviewer describing the movie as "nothing short of a masterpiece".

In a piece for CNN, Mark Rabinowitz said: "'The Descendants' is nothing short of a masterpiece.

"It's everything that a great film should be: beautifully acted and directed, funny, touching, heartbreaking and, most of all, true.

"Not only that, but it's George Clooney's best work to date and further highlights his status as the rarest of Hollywood hybrids: the movie star-actor."

Mark also commends the film - which sees George star alongside Mary Birdsong and Judy Greer - for being sad and "thoroughly enjoyable" at the same time.

He added: "'The Descendants' manages to be sad without being maudlin, funny in the face of tragedy without being insensitive, and a thoroughly enjoyable film without sacrificing drama, character development, story or honesty."