Mulan Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
September 1, 2008
Goes about halfway toward setting new boundaries for Disney's, and the industry's, animated features, but doesn't go far enough.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 31, 2005
In the end, Mulan isn't bad - it's just mediocre, which is particularly disappointing given its Disney pedigree.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
October 16, 2004
The animators have clearly done their research, but while the film's cultural specificity isn't distasteful per se, it's still pretty soulless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Gantz
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Everything is more tentative, more generic.
Widgett Walls
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
October 28, 2004
Neither fish nor fowl, though it certainly leans towards foul
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
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.
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Boy, it's hard not to keep thinking that this movie is basically Yentl with a nose job.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Memo to the gang at Walt Disney animation: Your formula is showing.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
A disappointment for anyone hoping the studio would raise the standard of the animated feature to a new level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
A film that adults can enjoy on their own, without feeling an obligation to take along kids as a cover.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Everyone will be entertained the fast-moving plot and rich animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 4/5
Eric D. Snider
January 1, 2000
It has very serious themes, but it is also quite consistently funny, demonstrating a perfect balance never before reached by the folks at Disney.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: high +2 out of -4..+4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 3, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
The most self-assured and by all indications the most successful Disney 'toon in years...
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 24, 2006
Female heroes permeate most of Disney's animated movies, but this is the first time they've given her real strength.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Using richly hued, angular animation, this vibrant, action-filled Disney offering is immensely entertaining.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 3, 2002
Wait for the video, and you'll miss the grandeur of sequences that would have astonished David Lean.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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