Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. The payoff is a consistently rich piece with impressive visual vitality.
  2. Reviewed by: Corie Brown & Laura Shapiro
    90
    It's the characterization of Mulan, both in voice and visuals, that makes the film a keeper.
  3. Gorgeously animated and stirringly told, Disney's Mulan is a timeless story that will delight kids and divert adults with its sweeping scope, emotional intimacy and screwball humor.
  4. Reviewed by: Hollis Chacona
    89
    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.
  5. 88
    The film shines at capturing the watercolor delicacy of China's past.
  6. 88
    Mulan is an impressive achievement, with a story and treatment ranking with "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King."
  7. 88
    Mulan effortlessly blends serious, comic, and cute elements into a whole that should entertain the majority of movie-goers, regardless of race, gender, or age.
  8. It took long enough, but Disney has finally come up with an animated heroine who's a good role model and a funky, arresting personality at the same time.
  9. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    80
    The folks at Disney prove that clothes -- and little else -- make a man, and do so with extraordinary style.
  10. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    80
    It seems as if all of the new animation competition has lit a fire under Disney's collective ass and they have something to prove again.
  11. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    80
    Mulan serves up the sort of classic entertainment the Magic Kingdom was built on: stunning animation, sharply defined characters, a smattering of catchy tunes all seamlessly woven into a simple, powerfully told yarn.
  12. Reviewed by: Jenn Shreve
    80
    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.
  13. This high-quality Disney animation combines strong pictorial appeal with amiable voice-performances.
  14. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    A rich dramatic tapestry lightly stained by some strained comedy, rigorous political correctness and perhaps more adherence to Disney formula than should have been the case in one of the studio's most adventurous and serious animated features.
  15. 70
    Mulan may be exotic, but it's hardly a risky enterprise, what with its sentimental show tunes, wholesome morals and plucky teen heroine.
  16. Reviewed by: Bruce Diones
    70
    While the movie sticks to the familiar Disney formula, the cute sidekicks are less intrusive and the songs are not as overbearing as usual; for the most part, it sustains an enjoyable hum and a simple, delicate glow.
  17. Reviewed by: Matt Roth
    70
    Disney's retelling of the popular Chinese folktale, may seem its gutsiest choice yet, but on closer examination it's obviously less a matter of guts than careful calculation.
  18. Mulan is another competent effort, but it's a disappointment for anyone hoping the studio would raise the standard of the animated feature to a new level.
  19. 60
    Mulan, like all the characters in this movie, is a cookie-cutter American prototype, lazily ripped off from the Disney boilerplate that fashioned Pocahontas et al.
  20. Reviewed by: Stephen Thompson
    60
    Though Disney's animation department does deserve credit for shaking up its formula and delving into relatively mature drama, the movie is flawed in numerous aggravating ways.
  21. Reviewed by: Michael Sragow
    60
    It's nothing more than pleasant matinee fodder with some jarring tones and clunky stretches.
  22. Mulan has its accomplishments, but unlike the best of Disney's output, it comes off as more manufactured than magical.
  23. It's hard not to keep thinking that this movie is basically "Yentl" with a nose job.
  24. A film that not only breaks the cross-dressing barrier but also ratchets up the violence level for children's animation.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 90 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Oct 5, 2011
    9
    Disney's "Mulan" simply represents two things; first, its one of the original Disney princess animations, and second, its a superb masterpiece in the world of cinema and animation alike. Full Review »
  2. Dec 17, 2011
    8
    A great, comedic, daring film with an amazing original song and original score make this film easily one of Disney's most original pieces of art. And boy is it very entertaining. I give this film a 85% of a good movie. Full Review »
  3. Feb 11, 2011
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I just saw this recently, and here's what I thought. While the movie starts off slowly, it isn't until the part when Mulan's father volunteers to fight in the army do things really get interesting. Now I can't stop myself from singing "I'll Make a Man Out of You" over and over again. I really loved that song! Full Review »