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Bear Cub (Cachorro) (2004)

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77

Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 3

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A man tries to leave his wild life behind him for the sake of a young boy in this comedy drama. Pedro (José Luis García Pérez) is a dentist who lives and works in Madrid. Pedro is also a "bear" -- slang for a gay man who is stocky and has lots of body hair. Pedro likes the company of other bears, and enjoys a freewheeling sex life until his sister Violetta (Elvira Lindo) arrives at his door with a special request. Violetta is traveling to India for two weeks, and wants Pedro to look after her

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Art House & International, Comedy

May 10, 2005

$46.2k

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (7) | DVD (1)

Thoroughly likable, it never resorts to sentimental cliches or moralistic epiphanies.

April 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Suddenly this careful and patient movie turns cheap and hasty, with unexpected disclosures, desperate curveballs, and crocodile tears. It's not ruinous, but it's not good either.

April 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Albaladejo takes a warm approach to his characters, from Pedro's boisterous circle of like-minded gay pals (known as 'bears' for their stocky builds and facial hair) to Bernardo's paternal grandmother.

February 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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It turns into a subtle character study that both gay and straight audiences will find moving.

February 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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Had the story had more oomph to it, its stance would have seemed a lot more important as an artistic issue. But as things sit, it's an abstract plus indeed.

January 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The film is, of course, not all sex, and, indeed, brims with observant intelligence.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

There is a family movie within the gay subtext of "Bear Cub" that is a draw for the sophisticated film-goer.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

A fresh and surprisingly insightful look at human interaction, from the way we create families around us to the cruel realities of the world.

April 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Purrs with uncommon emotion.

March 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

[Cachorro provides] 100 minutes of wonderfully realised characters, many laughs, some tears and much valuable insight.

March 4, 2005 Full Review Source: european-films.net
european-films.net

Bear Cub knows about a million ways to jerk our tears, but it hasn't mastered any of them.

March 3, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Director Luis Miguel Albaladejo has an essential, rather sweet earnestness, but we sense that he likes pushing touchy buttons.

January 21, 2005 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

A pleasurable amble down a well-worn cinematic street.

January 7, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

The movie has a good deal of warmth and humor and has a certain liveliness to it... not a perfect movie, but one that will touch the cuddly bear in each of us.

December 31, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Though it has all the makings of a trite, dogmatic TV movie about gay adoption, it manages to maintain a sense of humor, subtlety and restraint throughout.

November 24, 2004 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

[A] tenderly realized tale...

November 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
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