"In my mind, Mulan was originally ladylike and not a martial artist as a child," one user wrote.
Another reviewer added: "The storyline is very poor and Mulan's hero complex was highlighted without logic. The martial arts sequences were also weak."
Others questioned why there were not more Chinese staff working on the film.
Amid the furor, the hashtag "Mulan" appeared to have been disabled on China's Twitter-like platform Weibo, with the tag turning up no search results on Friday.
AFP understands that some state media have also been told to avoid covering the movie.
At cinemas in Beijing, however, several moviegoers were oblivious to the international outcry.
"Mulan is a household name. Different people may have different ways of understanding this story," said Hu Xia, 46, who saw the movie with her son. "This time, I think they were successful."
Another moviegoer, 30-year-old Alvin Ye, praised the movie for its portrayal of an extraordinary woman.
Nationalistic tabloid Global Times offered another defense against overseas critics, in typically unvarnished language, describing attacks on the film as "depravity".
(Writer & Editor: BYS/APJ/GLE, Agence France-Presse)
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