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Bears (2014)

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89

Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 56
Fresh: 50 | Rotten: 6

Sweet, beautifully filmed, and admirably short on sugarcoating, Bears continues Disneynature's winning streak.

86

Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 3

Sweet, beautifully filmed, and admirably short on sugarcoating, Bears continues Disneynature's winning streak.

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In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature's new True Life Adventure "Bears" showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life's most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting-but risky-as the cubs' playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of

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Aug 12, 2014

$17.8M

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All Critics (56) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (50) | Rotten (6) | DVD (1)

Sincere and unexpectedly good, the film happily reintroduces another element of classic kids' movies: a tidy 77-minute run time.

April 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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"Bears" could have used a lot more science; more substantive information in the place of wacky one-liners. Still, the images trump everything.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
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Bonus points for all but eliminating the easy scatological humor. Does a bear (poop) in the woods? You won't find out watching "Bears."

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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There are grittier nature documentaries out there, but "Bears" is simple and effective, and delivered with that friendly Disney touch. Its intent is to make you say, "awww," and it does its job well.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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All this is heartwarming, in a bloody, ursine-centric way.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Despite the bracing beauty of the wilderness, and the respite provided by cubs at play, the movie is primarily a sobering treatise on survival.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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I'm not suggesting that every nature film narrator should sound like David Attenborough, but John C. Reilly really seems an odd choice.

August 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Not without its contrivances as it caters to younger audiences, "Bears" is a nonetheless earnest, adorable real-life adventure.

August 12, 2014 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

With its touching story, beautiful scenery, and stunning camerawork, "Bears" becomes another worthwhile documentary in the Disneynature library.

August 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

constructs a compelling narrative out of what must have been an enormous amount of footage, focusing on the age-old trope of the journey to give the bears' plight for survival a sense of sincere thematic heft

May 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

"And luckily, the movie does gets out of its own way (eventually) and tells a somewhat engaging, 'true-life' nature tale."

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinephiled
Cinephiled

aimed to be child-friendly and soft pedals some of the harsher realities of bear life

May 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Mark Leeper's Reviews
Mark Leeper's Reviews

A visual experience through and through, one that offers eye-popping delights at every turn.

May 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Racket
Film Racket

Much as I tried to avoid it, it was sometimes difficult to keep Werner Herzog's voice from creeping in over John C. Reilly's narration.

April 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Houston Press
Houston Press

Although bears most certainly can be adorable creatures, 'Bears,' the latest Disney documentary to celebrate Earth Day, turns the cuteness level up a bit too high.

April 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Nature movie fans will enjoy seeing the incredible cinematography of these magnificent creatures in the wild.

April 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Atlantic City Weekly
Atlantic City Weekly

Engrossing and engaging - and the closing credits reveal behind-the-scenes glimpses of filming in the wild.

April 20, 2014 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

Huge bears, cute bears, stunning vistas and an age-old story of survival, the G-rated "Bears" is fine entertainment for families and animal lovers.

April 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

What's amazing about the documentary, though, is that it's oftentimes just as engaging as the Disney bears that play in jug bands or crave ooey-gooey honey.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

Some tense moments in Disney's nature documentary.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A wondrous experience for cubs and mama bears alike.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A barely bearable bear nature flick. Great cinematography. Boring story & script.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Tri-City Herald
Tri-City Herald

So much about Bears is awesome in the classic sense of the word.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: L.A. Biz
L.A. Biz

You gotta give paying audiences -- especially strapped family audiences -- more than this.(Full Content Review for Parents also Available)

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Screen It!
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Audience Reviews for Bears

Disney's latest nature doc follows two bear cubs through their first year of life. Great footage of these magnificent beasts prowling the Alaska wilderness, but the anthropomorphic commentary gets so cutesy you sometimes wish mama bear would go GRIZZLY MAN on narrator John C. Reilly.
May 2, 2014
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I never really know how much to say about these Disneynature films. They are not insufficient enough to call them mild distractions, as the footage is generally great, the voiceovers are fun, and there is enough work done to build a narrative that I can get behind what they have to offer. It generally amounts to having a chance to see animals that kids generally grow up being intrigued by and having a new perspective that can be formed by families, in regards to those animals. African Cats worked for me, as it was neat to see a big screen documentary about lions, with the bonus addition of Samuel L. Jackson providing narration. That film also worked due to the stakes that, manufactured or not, presented a real life depiction of what lions go through. Bears finds a way to create similar stakes, which makes the film effective enough in what ultimately amounts to a large format way to see bears in action.

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April 17, 2014
DrZeek

Super Reviewer

Charming and awe-inspiring, Disneynature continues it's streak of beautifully filmed nature documentaries with this adorable and pleasant look at the lives of a family of three bears. Rating: 82
June 15, 2014
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