'The Little Mermaid' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   1 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   53 reviews
  • Janet Maslin New York Times (Top Critic)
    A marvel of skillful animation, witty songwriting and smart planning.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Hal Hinson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Even at its highest points, it cannot claim a place next to even the least of the great Disney classics.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    A movie that's so creative and so much fun it deserves comparison with the best Disney work of the past.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Within the apparently necessary aesthetic and ideological limitations (such as making the hero and heroine Americans surrounded by foreign servants a la Pinocchio), the animation manages to be fairly energetic.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Variety Staff Variety (Top Critic)
    May represent Disney's best animated feature since the underrated Sleeping Beauty in 1959.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    88
    A fantastic success.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    You could wish upon a star and not conjure up a more joyous animated movie than this graceful retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen tale.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Nell Minow Common Sense Media
    100
    Superb, entertaining animated musical has some scary stuff.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy
    90
    The long-awaited proof that Disney animation could, in fact, return almost the quality and beauty of its Golden Age.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Chris Hicks Deseret News, Salt Lake City
    100
    This is unquestionably the best animated film in many years and is therefore highly recommended.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Film4
    Relying on a simple, recognized tale, great songs and marvellous animation, it turned its fortunes around.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    75
    Overall, it's an enjoyable film, thankfully free of the computerized look of later Disney cartoons, but it really can't compare to the real Disney classics.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Nathaniel Rogers Film Experience
    A coming of age fable for both Disney and the mermaid heroine
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Bill Chambers Film Freak Central
    38
    The Little Mermaid was a mirage, not an oasis.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid
    Still a great entertainment and a welcome addition to any Disney library.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Forrest Hartman Reno Gazette-Journal
    100
    The hand-drawn animation is terrific, and the soundtrack, which includes Part of Your World, Under the Sea and Kiss the Girl, is among Disney's best.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Eric Henderson Slant Magazine
    50
    The Little Mermaid is the story of one packrat pre-tween princess whose undersea kingdom is only matched in depth by her remarkable sense of consumer-minded entitlement.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • John J. Puccio DVDTown.com
    80
    ...cute, romantic, well-animated, well paced, and filled with more good music than Disney had produced in quite some time.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • John J. Puccio Movie Metropolis
    80
    ...cute, romantic, well-animated, well paced, and filled with more good music than Disney had produced in quite some time.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Geoff Andrew Time Out
    This return to traditional Disney territory is geared to captivate children while allowing them to maintain their street cred, largely by combining extravagant animated technique with ranging musical styles.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Widgett Walls Needcoffee.com
    80
    Huggable, lovable Disney. Before the corporation went dumpster diving.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • James Plath DVDTown.com
    100
    An instant classic with a great story, great animation, great music, and a great villain.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • James Plath Movie Metropolis
    100
    An instant classic with a great story, great animation, great music, and a great villain.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Robert Roten Laramie Movie Scope
    80
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • James Rocchi Netflix
    90
    A surprising success, thanks largely to Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's brilliant songs.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
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