Little Mermaid – first reviews. Disney’s best live-action? Critics unanimous about Halle Bailey
There are already the first reviews Little Mermaid on Rotten Tomatoes. Black casting Halle Bailey divided fans at the time, but after the premiere, most critics agree that the actress was the best aspect of the film. See for yourself.
As of May 23, 2023, we have 102 reviews Little Mermaid on Rotten Tomatoes. The tomatometer shows 70% positive feedback: 71 critics rated the Disney live-action adaptation as fresh and 31 found the film rotten. Overall rating Little Mermaid professional reviewers is 6.60 out of 10.
Little Mermaid – first reviews
Many critics believe that Little Mermaid is one of the best Disney adaptations. It is worth remembering that in recent years the studio has served viewers, among other things, new versions Aladdin, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, dumbo Whether Cinderella.
Emily Zemler of the Observer felt that the film, despite its few flaws, is Disney’s best remake. But Maureen Lee Lenker of Entertainment Weekly wrote that Little Mermaid is better than anything Disney has done live-action in a decade. Charlotte O’Sullivan of the London Evening Standard said:
While this remake isn’t quite as good as the original fairy tale, it’s hands down the best of Disney’s recent live-action. Little Mermaid it’s honey for the heart.
While the film has its flaws, many critics enjoyed the screening. Nicole Hill of Nerdist said:
This movie isn’t perfect and lacks an emotional climax. But he’s charming, funny and honest, which makes me want to be a part of that world.
Little Mermaid – acting performances
Critics praise Halle Bailey’s performance as Ariel. Variety’s Peter Debruge said the actress was reason enough to watch this live-action version of the Disney hit. Reviewers are impressed by her extraordinary voice, especially how she sang the song Part of Your World. As Moira MacDonald of the Seattle Times summarized:
Bailey gives a dazzling performance and doesn’t have to work hard to shine; her voice is sweet and powerful when she sings, and her smile is like a fairy tale.
The reviewers also liked the performance Melissa McCarthy as Ursula. As Helen O’Hara of Empire Magazine stated:
The film was saved by Bailey’s charming performance, McCarthy’s extraordinary charisma and the timeless magic of the story.
Aaron White of Feelin’ Film Podcast was also impressed with Daveed Diggs as Sebastian.
Little Mermaid – criticism
There were also some negative reviews. Johnny Oleksinski of the New York Post and Barry Hertz of the Globe and Mail believe it is another leap forwardand Disney creators lack original ideas. Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times called the film a secondary imitation, while Alyssa Mora of IGN Movies said the best elements of the production were those that were taken from the original.
Greg Nussen of Slant Magazine summed it up this way:
yeah Little Mermaid more or less resembles a two-hour long cosplay straight from Disneyland.
Avi Offer from NYC Movie Guru wrote:
Less sincere, less funny and less charming than the original. Why fix something that isn’t broken?
In the end, all the reviews are well summed up by Connor Petrey of Pop Culture Leftovers, who praises Halle Bailey’s performance but not the movie itself:
Halle Bailey as Ariel is wonderful – she has fantastic vocals that can bring nostalgia to the surface. However, the film’s 135-minute runtime doesn’t help, as along the way the remake has lost the heart that made the original so special.