“"Despite It's Lack Of Originality, Mulan Not Only Succeeds, But Flourishes."”
Mulan is artful and satisfying in a slightly remote way.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
This is the most inert and formulaic of recent Disney animated films, right down to the clowning sidekicks and would-be ''Under the Sea'' production number.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
- USA Today
A film that adults can enjoy on their own, without feeling an obligation to take along kids as a cover.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The most self-assured and by all indications the most successful Disney 'toon in years...
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Susan Stark - Detroit News
Goes about halfway toward setting new boundaries for Disney's, and the industry's, animated features, but doesn't go far enough.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
A disappointment for anyone hoping the studio would raise the standard of the animated feature to a new level.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
The incredible special effects, which make lush cherry blossoms as vivid as the intense battle scenes, are balanced by Disney's tradition of care and painstaking detail in developing and animating its characters.
Jenn Shreve - Salon.com
Everyone will be entertained the fast-moving plot and rich animation.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
What's terrific about Mulan is its reaching for emotions that other movies run from: family love and duty, personal honor and group commitment, obedience and ingenuity.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
The film shines at capturing the watercolor delicacy of China's past.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Memo to the gang at Walt Disney animation: Your formula is showing.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
"Mulan" is a wonderful piece of Disney animation and storytelling that doesn't get the credit it deserves.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
What is chiefly impressive is that the appropriation of Chinese iconography in a film that was plainly made by Western animators feels ultimately so natural and successful.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Overall, this is a lovely film, ranking with the best of Disney's animated features while taking on rather serious issues of war, honor, gender roles and family pride.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
From the first scene onwards, you know you're in good hands.
Using richly hued, angular animation, this vibrant, action-filled Disney offering is immensely entertaining.
Derek Adams - Time Out
Female heroes permeate most of Disney's animated movies, but this is the first time they've given her real strength.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
This is the best Disney animated feature, ever (involving extensive use of cross-dressing).
Ron Wells - Film Threat
Continues Disney's dominance of the animation field with its solid, assured story-telling, good main and supporting characters and superior craftsmanship.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
In the end, Mulan isn't bad - it's just mediocre, which is particularly disappointing given its Disney pedigree.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
remains squarely in the realm of family entertainment, but it's lush and effective as such (if a little more violent than usual)
Jesse Hassenger - Filmcritic.com
Neither fish nor fowl, though it certainly leans towards foul
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
A fascinating and artistically animated movie that's worth seeing more than once.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
To its credit, Mulan does strive to present its characters as something more than potential Happy Meal toys.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
The animators have clearly done their research, but while the film's cultural specificity isn't distasteful per se, it's still pretty soulless.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
A great family film, suitable for almost any age.
Cheryl DeWolfe - Apollo Guide
The folks at Disney prove that clothes -- and little else -- make a man, and do so with extraordinary style.
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
not exactly a ground-breaker, but if 'Mulan' is just one more repackaging of the Disney formula, it's certainly one of the more attractive packages
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Disney has accomplished so much over the years that I can't help but wonder how they do it.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
A beautifully spun tale of honor, revenge and cross-dressing. Cross-dressing?
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
A telling testimonial for this film is my 6-year-old's first exuberant utterance as the credits began rolling: 'Can we get the video?'
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
The wizards at Disney's hit factory reached far away in time and space for the story of its newest animated musical, and they've brought home a winner.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
Wait for the video, and you'll miss the grandeur of sequences that would have astonished David Lean.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Almost triumph(s) over the old-fashioned forces of Disney tradition.
Bridget Byrne - Boxoffice Magazine
Algumas historias jamais poderiam ser contadas de outra maneira que nao atraves de um desenho animado. 'Mulan' e uma destas historias.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Everything is more tentative, more generic.
Jeffrey Gantz - Boston Phoenix
It heralds the ancient Confucian virtues of family honor, respect for elders, and devotion to country.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
With each new movie, the Disney animators continue to hone their craft to fine precision.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Another example why Disney Studios is the master of the feature-length cartoon genre.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
It's fun and genuinely harmless.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Mulan is quick, funny, has genuine warmth and is certainly better than almost anything else out there that is aimed at children.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
More than makes up for its musical shortcomings with a revised recipe for the shopworn Disney cartoon formula and a whole new visual style, full of soft pen strokes and watercolor palates.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Mulan will set a new standard by which future animated efforts by Disney and other studios will have to work hard to attain.
Bob Bloom - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Lush and exotic... but we are cheated out of the two best songs in any Disney animated feature--the songs by the comic sidekick and the villain
Carlo Cavagna - AboutFilm.com
This is passable entertainment, and folks looking for an afternoon's distraction for their children could do worse.
Dan Jardine - Apollo Guide
Even at its silliest it is fun, and at times the images on the screen are the most impressive of any Disney animated film to date.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Disney's latest animated feature hearkens back to its heyday fare, a sweet and captivating tale that pits gentle, enduring goodness against dark, malevolent forces.
Hollis Chacona - Austin Chronicle
This is uplifting and often very funny, thanks to a genius turn by Eddie Murphy.
Ian Freer - Empire Magazine
A welcome reminder that some in the studio system still allow kids' pictures to be made which are good, which are true, and give them the freedom to dream.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
Yes, that's right, it's Disney's 36th animated feature and if there's one less memorable then I can't remember seeing it.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
A solid and energetic piece of work.
Scott Renshaw - rec.arts.movies.reviews
A charming little story that's also an empowering fable for all the girlies out there.
Oz - eFilmCritic.com
Although the film's images are sumptuous, its songs are all eminently forgettable.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
One of Disney's best ever.
Greg Dean Schmitz - rec.arts.movies.reviews
A wondrously created animated film with some of the greatest nuanced animation I've ever seen...
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Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
The originality of the artwork and the energy of the story make it seem fresh.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Mulan sets new standards in animation. But it is in the subtlety of its characters' 'acting' that Mulan excels.
Wendy Weinstein - Film Journal International
Mulan is Disney's first journey to China for an animated feature, and it's a spectacular trip.
Peter Stack - San Francisco Chronicle
It has very serious themes, but it is also quite consistently funny, demonstrating a perfect balance never before reached by the folks at Disney.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The Disney studios has its formula for annual, full-length animated features down so pat that it's hard to remember which one you're watching at any given moment.
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Disney's tried-and-true blend of populist instincts and weightier interests is back in full force and top form.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Packed with action and humor, the film is imaginative, fun and fast-paced, presenting a strong tale of female empowerment while imparting a positive message about the importance of being true to yourself.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
Audiences will jump up and cheer for Mulan, which declares itself a true Disney masterpiece.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Boy, it's hard not to keep thinking that this movie is basically Yentl with a nose job.
Barbara Shulgasser - San Francisco Examiner
Murphy steals the show as the voice of Mushu, the best Disney sidekick in recent memory.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Mulan is dragged down by insipid songs that feel tacked on and silly, inappropriate sidekicks and secondary characters.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
The most enjoyable, artful cartoon feature since The Lion King.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Mulan is the latest Disney goldmine to hit thousands of screens and millions of Happy Meals.
Elias Savada - Nitrate Online