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Brave (2012)



Critic Consensus: Brave offers young audiences and fairy tale fans a rousing, funny fantasy adventure with a distaff twist and surprising depth.

Movie Info

Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane). Merida's actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch (Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it's too late. -- (C) Disneymore
Rating: PG (for some scary action and rude humor)
Genre: Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Steve Purcell, Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Irene Mecchi
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 13, 2012
Box Office: $237.3M
Walt Disney Pictures - Official Site


Emma Thompson
as Queen Elinor
Billy Connolly
as King Fergus
Julie Walters
as Wise Woman
Kevin Mckidd
as Lord MacGuffin
Craig Ferguson
as Lord Macintosh
Robbie Coltrane
as Lord Dingwall
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News & Interviews for Brave

Critic Reviews for Brave

All Critics (226) | Top Critics (48)

The main problem is that Merida craves adventure but Brave limits her to mother-daughter psychodrama.

Full Review… | November 18, 2013
Top Critic

By the climax, at which all right-thinking viewers will have dissolved in a puddle of warm appreciation, the new Pixar film has earned two cheers and a big bear hug.

Full Review… | November 18, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The story for this revisionist fairy tale, which promotes contemporary attitudes about parenting and gender equality, is less inspired than usual for Pixar, but the movie upholds the studio's high standard of computer animation.

Full Review… | November 18, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Everything here is tied together beautifully, at an inimitably comfortable pace.

Full Review… | April 9, 2016

With all its spunk and determination, it's easy to see how close Brave gets to the bull's eye of Pixar perfection.

Full Review… | July 11, 2015
Film Threat

Pixar's 13th full-length film is the studio's first to feature a female as its central character, and a memorable creation she is, too.

Full Review… | November 18, 2013
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for Brave

I wasn't into this at all. The miscommunication between mothers and daughters about marriage, duty, and honor are so played out. There's nothing new in this trite script, borrowed from so many Amy Tan novels. The bear plot is unsatisfying as well, but mostly because I abhorred the animation. The mother bear looks too cartoonish and not at all a manifestation of the actual queen character. Disney/Pixar's foray into the neo-princess movie without a love interest is lifeless and contrived.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


The animation is absolutely stunning and beautiful to look at, starting with a gorgeous leading character to the wonderful Scottish landscapes. In the story department things get a little weird after a bit and even though the film never tries to be anything else but a fairy tale, the developments feel a little odd. That doesn't take anything from the film's entertainment value and outstanding artistry involved, of course.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Obviously this is a mish mash of several different film concepts rolled up into one, but the end result was pretty great. "Brave" focuses on Princess Merida, who lives in the Scottish Highlands with her parents and three younger brothers. The first premise of the film is that Merida has to marry a suitor from one of the rival clans of the Highlands. The other premise surrounds her mother being transformed into a bear. It seems that these two concepts have trouble merging seamlessly, because we're aware as an audience that there's a shift. Her mother as a bear yields some pretty hilarious effects, and lends to the overall narrative of listening to one another and learning from your mistakes. I think the reason it still felt strange was that Merida's exploits didn't feel all her own. In fact, the story was centered more around the mother than her daughter: her mother is the one who has a spell cast upon her, her mother saves her daughter from being attacked, and her mother must get back to her original form. Merida causes more problems than she solves, and though she battles against the villain as well, she isn't the main focus at all times. That and the villain is kind of shoehorned in in the last section of the film. The film does employ magic in a way that moves the narrative forward and lends to some interesting visuals. It was also great having a female heroine who doesn't deal with marriage or romance in her plot, and is headstrong, which we could use in more films for children.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Brave Quotes

Merida: I want my freedom!
Queen Elinor: But are you willing to pay the price your freedom will cost?
Merida: Our fate lives in us. You only have to be brave enough to see it.
– Submitted by Geeta P (2 years ago)
Wise Woman: You never conjure where you carve.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)
Merida: There are those who say fate is something beyond our command. That destiny is not our own, but I know better. Our fate lives within us, you only have to be brave enough to see it.
– Submitted by Mati M (3 years ago)
Merida: There are those who say that fate is something beyond our command. That our destinies are not our own. But I know better. Our fate lives within us. You only have to be brave enough to see it.
– Submitted by Sara B (3 years ago)

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