The Little Mermaid Live! Reviews

Top Critic
November 23, 2019
The result was an experience that often felt like a ride at a Disney theme park - great for young fans, less so for more experienced eyes, even when star Auli'i Cravalho offered a note-perfect performance as the Little Mermaid herself, Ariel.
November 7, 2019
The characters needed room to grow as the story developed, and we didn't get that story development. Instead, the production seemed to rely on viewers having already seen the animated movie.
November 6, 2019
This is a love letter to Disney fans, not an intro for new viewers. And, as such, it mostly works as a messy but charming hybrid event.
November 6, 2019
What was live was good, what wasn't became diminished by expectations and comparisons - that's not an ideal blend.
November 6, 2019
I hate to be a crab about it, but ABC's hybrid 30th-anniversary presentation of The Little Mermaid-part movie, part gussied-up concert-felt more sink than swim.
November 6, 2019
Ultimately, "The Little Mermaid Live!" didn't work as a TV show but it may have succeeded as a tribute. It could send you back to watch the movie without the intrusions of commercials and live actors.
November 6, 2019
It felt like watching The Little Mermaid with regular interruptions for commercials and karaoke.
November 6, 2019
Watching the show became an inevitable sine wave of delight and boredom.
November 6, 2019
All of these performers handled the material well. The stunt casting of celebrities has sometimes been a drag on live TV musicals, but this cast could sing, and the animated characters handled most of the dialogue.
November 6, 2019
It was a solid, full-throated effort by the actors and chorus members, but a spectacular failure of a live TV event that couldn't get past its own awkwardness.
November 6, 2019
ABC's broadcast was a lovingly made reminder of "The Little Mermaid's" greatness that cleverly didn't seek to outshine its source material.