Disney’s Mulan: Early Reviews Are In, See What Critics Are Saying

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By Riley Jones (@moviemanjones)

The red carpet premiere of the live-action adaptation of Disney’s Mulan was last night. The film doesn’t hit theatres until the end of March, critics have already begun releasing their early reactions, and the majority are overwhelmingly positive.

Following the impressive box office success of live-action remakes like The Lion King and Aladdin, Disney is now betting Mulan to do the same. Unfortunately, with China’s box office closed and the fear of catching the coronavirus keeping people indoors (across the globe), the Mouse House can only hope the positive reviews help the film’s box office numbers.

Here is what everyone is saying…

Kevin Polowy of Yahoo Entertainment wrote:

I’ve seen MULAN twice now and I must say it is grrrreat. Easily Disney’s best live action reboot. I think it’s also Disney’s first battle epic? It is beautiful & absorbing & rich & empowering. The cast is excellent and Niki Caro’s direction is just breathtaking.

ScreenRant’s Mansoor Mithaiwala wrote:

There’s a great film yearning to break out in #Mulan, but it’s surprisingly bogged down by adapting the animation. It has its moments, but the poor villains and inconsistent action quality results in a mediocre movie.

Katie Wilson of SyFy Wire said:

Wow! @DisneysMulan was everything I hoped it would be and more! They were able to bring new elements to life while maintaining the classic nostalgia we all know & love. Wow. Just incredible! Loudly crying face Thanks @DolbyCinema for inviting me. #Mulan

Peter Sciretta of Slash Film wrote:

I’m very surprised at how much I liked the live action #Mulan movie. It’s so majestic, the action is thrilling, it aims for a level of sophistication and beauty you don’t expect.

(I was never a huge fan of the animated film, I think I’ve only seen it once. So no attachments)

The Insider’s Kirsten Acuna said:

#Mulan is absolutely fantastic. Different enough with great action scenes, but with the heart of the original film. It doesn’t even matter that it’s not a musical. If you’re a fan of the animated, there are subtle nods to many of the songs. Can’t wait to see this again.

Erik David of Fandango wrote:

#Mulan is exciting, vibrant, emotional, and different from the animated version. It’s definitely its own thing, which I dug – a more mature Disney film, featuring stunning production design & fight choreography. Director Niki Caro & star Liu Yifei are the big stand-outs, imo

The upcoming film stars newcomer Liu Yifei as the spirited and determined Hua Mulan. Yifei is joined by Donnie Yen as Commander Tung, Jason Scott Lee as Bori Khan, Yoson An as Chen Honghui, Gong Li as Xian Lang, and Jet Li as The Emperor in supporting roles.

Mulan arrives in theatres on March 27, 2020.

Are you a fan of all the live-action remakes? If so, what classic Disney movie should get the live-action treatment next? Let us know in the comments below.

Riley Jones (@moviemanjones)


Riley is the Managing Editor of Goliath. When he's not at the movie theatre or binging some new tv series, he likes to spend his time shooting hoops and play MTG. He doesn't like 'Breaking Bad,' loves 'The Simpsons,' hates mayonnaise, and has been repping the Toronto Raptors since '95. Follow him on IG and Twitter @moviemanjones.