Mulan (1998)

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.… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: June 19, 1998
DVD Release Date: November 9, 1999
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Exploring themes of family duty and honor, Mulan breaks new ground as a Disney film, while still bringing vibrant animation and sprightly characters to the screen.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Using richly hued, angular animation, this vibrant, action-filled Disney offering is immensely entertaining.

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James Plath
Family Home Theater

Disney animation depends on captivating music, powerful villains, and effective comic relief, and Mulan has all three.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

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.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A disappointment for anyone hoping the studio would raise the standard of the animated feature to a new level.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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.

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Todd McCarthy

Goes about halfway toward setting new boundaries for Disney's, and the industry's, animated features, but doesn't go far enough.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The film shines at capturing the watercolor delicacy of China's past.


From the first scene onwards, you know you're in good hands.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A visually wonderful animation made with gorgeous colors and a simple design in watercolor like the style of Chinese painting, and in addition to a great score… More
Chris Weber
Disney decides to go Asian with this retelling of a classic folk tale. Set in unspecified ancient times, an army of Huns invade China and the men of each… More
Alex roy
Mulan is for a mediocre animated feature from Disney. I felt that the early 90's showed the studio delivering some of their strongest animated films such… More
Sam Barnett
While among adults it doesn't get the recognition of earlier hits like "The Lion King", "Mulan" is nonetheless one of the very best… More
Daniel Mumby
In my review of Tarzan, I spoke about how the established conventions of the Disney Renaissance were increasingly applied to stories which could not be… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Possibly one of the best constructed Disney films in the entire canon. Beautifully drawn, wonderfully humorous, and always thrilling, Mulan is a clean-cut and… More