The Little Mermaid Debuts With 71% On Rotten Tomatoes, Reviews Praise Halle Bailey


Disney’s Questionable Live-Action Remakes Continue With This Month’s The little MermaidAnd here are the reviews. So has bringing Ariel’s beloved story back to the big screen worked? or is The little Mermaid Another minor attempt to revive a classic? Well, things are looking pretty good so far, with The little Mermaid debuting with a new 71% on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes. But let’s see what the critics have to say…

We start with MovieWeb’s own Julian Roman, who praised Halle Bailey’s “stellar performance” in the title role and the diverse cast, and while he has some issues with the script, he couldn’t get enough of Bailey’s “soaring voices and radiant energy.” . .”


“Race has nothing to do with their performances. It’s mind boggling that prejudiced opinions based on a cartoon have become controversial. Thunderous applause followed Bailey’s powerful and heartfelt “Part of Your World.” She absolutely earned the right to play Ariel.”

Continuing with Variety’s Peter Debruge, retelling The little Mermaid in live action has paid off thanks to what sounds like a stellar lead performance from actress/singer Halle Bailey.

“Halle Bailey is every reason any audience should justify Disney revisiting this classic.”

The praise for Halle Bailey continues courtesy of Entertainment Weekly’s Maureen Lee Lenker, who calls her performance the best in any of Disney’s live-action remakes.

“With Halle Bailey, life under the sea is better than anything Disney has done in nearly a decade.”

In fact, it seems that The little Mermaid it’s worth watching for Bailey alone, with Empire’s Helen O’Hara finding fault with the rest of the film but declaring her “saved” by Bailey as Ariel.

“Another ‘live-action’ remake that’s darker and less compelling than the animated original, but is saved by Bailey’s charming performance, McCarthy’s sass, and the story’s own timeless magic.”

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The Little Mermaid lands in theaters on Friday.

Under the sea the little mermaid

Unfortunately, and just like the ocean, we must always take the rough with the smooth. Lovia Gyarkye of The Hollywood Reporter continued to applaud Bailey, but she couldn’t find it enough to rescue her from it. The little Mermaid.

“A boring adaptation propelled by a charming lead twist.”

The Guardian’s Ellen E Jones felt similarly, giving The little Mermaid a lesser score of 2/5, but argued that Bailey is an “absolute triumph”.

“Bailey is both the one absolute triumph of the finished film and the best storyline for this entire live-action remake enterprise in one brilliant mermaidcore package.”

Another 2/5 was given to The little Mermaid By Clarisse Loughrey of The Independent. Although they also praised Bailey for the central performance of her…

“There’s a real whiff of obligation to everything around Bailey and her turn as a star.”

However, Total Film’s Molly Edwards felt the opposite when awarding The little Mermaid a near-perfect 4/5 and, unsurprisingly, he praised Halle Bailey’s efforts even more.

“A brilliant and charming new twist on the original, with a perfect performance by Halle Bailey.”

Ultimately, Screen Rant’s Rachel LaBonte felt the remakes’ flaws were ironed out by Halle Bailey and the film’s deeper approach to the beloved Disney story.

“Directed by a pitch-perfect Halle Bailey, The Little Mermaid is bolstered by deeper characterization and sheer scope, even as it deals with flaws.”

Directed by Oscar nominee Rob Marshall, The little Mermaid is a retelling of the beloved story of Ariel, a beautiful and energetic young mermaid with a thirst for adventure. The youngest of King Triton’s daughters and the most defiant, Ariel longs to learn more about the world beyond the sea after falling in love with the handsome Prince Eric. By making a deal with the wicked sea witch, she gives Ariel the chance to experience life on land, but she ultimately puts her life in danger.

Starring Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Daveed Diggs, Awkwafina, Jacob Tremblay, Noma Dumezweni, Javier Bardem, and Melissa McCarthy, The little Mermaid is scheduled to be released theatrically in the United States on May 26, 2023.

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