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Disney's cross-cultural retelling of a popular Chinese folk tale about a peasant girl who disguises herself as a man and takes her ailing father's place in the emperor's army turns the traditional fairy tale ending on its head. This time, the princess rescues the prince.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"Using richly hued, angular animation, this vibrant, action-filled Disney offering is immensely entertaining."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
""Mulan" is a wonderful piece of Disney animation and storytelling that doesn't get the credit it deserves."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"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
"In the end, Mulan isn't bad - it's just mediocre, which is particularly disappointing given its Disney pedigree."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"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
"A disappointment for anyone hoping the studio would raise the standard of the animated feature to a new level."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"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
"This is the best Disney animated feature, ever (involving extensive use of cross-dressing)."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"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,
"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
"The film shines at capturing the watercolor delicacy of China's past."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"From the first scene onwards, you know you're in good hands."
‑ , Film4
"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
"Neither fish nor fowl, though it certainly leans towards foul"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
More reviews for Mulan on Rotten Tomatoes

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