Bears (2014)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: G
Genre: Kids & Family
Directed By: , ,
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 12, 2014
Box Office: $17.8M
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Critic Reviews for Bears

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (22)

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

Full Review… | April 22, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

"Bears" could have used a lot more science; more substantive information in the place of wacky one-liners. Still, the images trump everything.

Full Review… | April 18, 2014
Top Critic

Bonus points for all but eliminating the easy scatological humor. Does a bear (poop) in the woods? You won't find out watching "Bears."

Full Review… | April 18, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 18, 2014
Detroit News
Top Critic

All this is heartwarming, in a bloody, ursine-centric way.

Full Review… | April 18, 2014
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

I'm not suggesting that every nature film narrator should sound like David Attenborough, but John C. Reilly really seems an odd choice.

Full Review… | August 14, 2014
Movie Metropolis

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.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

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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Aaron Neuwirth

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

Bradley T. Johnson
Bradley J

Super Reviewer

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