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Mulan Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    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.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    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.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Mulan is an impressive achievement, with a story and treatment ranking with "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King."

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 5+

Disneyfied but dignified tale of Chinese warrior.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids under 5 may find some of the scenes in this lush Disney adventure frightening. Mulan becomes a hero and helps her people -- but she does so by rebelling against authority. She also learns to fight with weapons. The Huns destroy Chinese villages and kill people (not shown), and some battle scenes are scary and intense.

  • Families can talk about how Mulan reconciles defying her parents' wishes and the law versus doing what she thinks she must. When should people follow their inner beliefs first and foremost?
  • Do you consider Mulan a role model? How does she compare to Disney's other heroines?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true2

    Educational value: In addition to positive lessons about teamwork and friendship, kids will learn a bit about Chinese culture (albeit a Disneyfied version).

  • message true3

    Messages: Although Mulan disobeys her father, she does it to help and protect him. She also deceives her friends, but also for reasons that she thinks are right at the time. Ultimately, the movie's messages are about the importance of working hard and working together, being honest, and trying your hardest.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Mulan is a brave, resourceful female role model. While pretending to be a man she displays crude and stereotypical male traits, but it's bravado and is played for humor. Some of the male characters have old-fashioned ideas about what females are capable of, but they learn the error of their assumptions in the end.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Mulan joins the Chinese army during wartime. She learns to fight with weapons. The Huns destroy Chinese villages and kill people (not shown). Some of the battle scenes are scary and intense.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Some flirting.

  • language false0

    Language: Not applicable

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Mulan is a Disney Princess, whose brand reaches far and wide. Expect to see Princess branding on consumer merchandise, food products, etc. as well as in books, websites, and other media.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One character smokes a long cigarette.