Thoroughly likable, it never resorts to sentimental cliches or moralistic epiphanies.
The film is, of course, not all sex, and, indeed, brims with observant intelligence.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
There is a family movie within the gay subtext of "Bear Cub" that is a draw for the sophisticated film-goer.
| Original Score: B
A fresh and surprisingly insightful look at human interaction, from the way we create families around us to the cruel realities of the world.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Purrs with uncommon emotion.
| Original Score: 3/5
[Cachorro provides] 100 minutes of wonderfully realised characters, many laughs, some tears and much valuable insight.
Bear Cub knows about a million ways to jerk our tears, but it hasn't mastered any of them.
| Original Score: 1/4
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
It turns into a subtle character study that both gay and straight audiences will find moving.
Director Luis Miguel Albaladejo has an essential, rather sweet earnestness, but we sense that he likes pushing touchy buttons.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
A pleasurable amble down a well-worn cinematic street.
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.
A touching, frank movie about parenting.
| Original Score: B+
The film's ambitions are laudable, and it manages to be touching, funny and true to life.
It's enough to give you faith in family dramas again.
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.
| Original Score: B-
[A] tenderly realized tale...
The strength of Bear Cub is that it eschews exposition in favor of gradual revelation.