Brave

Brave

78%

Critic Review - Hollywood Reporter

A film that starts off big and promising but diminishes into a rather wee thing as it chugs along, with climactic drama that is both too conveniently wrapped up and hinges on magical elements that are somewhat confusing to boot.

June 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter | Comments (98)
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Steve A.

Steve Austen

Please don't end rotten.

Jun 11 - 04:01 AM

Zachary T

Zachary Thomas

Don't be too distraught by a negative review -- this movie will probably end in the 85-90% range, which isn't bad at all, but I suppose not the norm for Pixar. Up is still probably my favorite one.

Jun 11 - 04:52 PM

NCfanboy1

Logan Reilly

Sorry, it currently has a 64% rating! :(

Jun 15 - 11:04 PM

Ezra Cubero

Ezra Cubero

With 11 reviews . . .

Jun 16 - 07:02 PM

Geoffrey K.

Geoffrey Kemp

PLEASE BE THE ONLY ROTTEN REVIEW.

It's never a good sign when one of the first reviews is rotten.
I'm scared.

Jun 11 - 04:09 AM

Christopher R.

Christopher Rademacher

Didn't you hear? Labeling Pixar movies as Rotten is the new thing. I love how they all say "It's good, but it's not Pixar good."

Last I remember, you're rating a movie as a standalone product - not as a comparison piece to every other movie released by Studio A and/or Studio B.

Stupid.

Jun 18 - 10:39 PM

none n.

none none

Confused. If your rating it as a stand alone product it probably would make sense to compare it against it's own peers than the industry average.

Given that Pixar is traditionally considered the top of the Animation Houses comparing it against other groups would just give them 100%'s all across the board (until now).

If we rate something the number is going to be relative to something and if we are not comparing between Studios then only Pixars would could be used as comparable which is what is happening.

Jun 19 - 01:32 AM

Kelly O'Connor

Kelly O'Connor

It sounds less like he disliked the movie and more that it wasn't ~Pixar enough~ for him, which is a pretty weak reason to rate it rotten.

Jun 11 - 05:22 AM

shadypotential

Chris Cox

oh stop it. he just didn't like the film. isn't that enough?

Jun 11 - 12:03 PM

Kelly O'Connor

Kelly O'Connor

lol wow

Jun 11 - 04:27 PM

Scott Sherman

Scott Sherman

What? You're seemingly making up reasons to disagree with him. I thought what he said makes sense.

Jun 12 - 01:44 PM

ybrik222

Someone Someone

You mention this reviewer rating the film rotten. I think you should remember that a critic's job isn't to give a positive or negative rating indicating the distinct quality of a movie but to provide his own insight on the positive and negative qualities of a film.

Jun 11 - 06:40 PM

Dan Benge

Dan Benge

Because Cars 2 was such a masterpiece.

Jun 16 - 03:58 PM

Ryan Wilson

Ryan Wilson

stfu

Jun 17 - 02:49 AM

Richard Cook

Richard Cook

Actually he makes it sound like it's too much like standard Pixar, which imo isn't a good thing either. Pixar is at their best when they take chances (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) rather than playing it safe.

Jun 11 - 05:34 AM

Cole Jaeger

Cole Jaeger

The others reviews are pretty positive. Usually a pixar movie is in the high 90's, so it would be rare that this lands in the 80's or lower and still be fresh. This could end up being 1/8 rotten reviews or something hopefully.

Jun 11 - 05:40 AM

Monica Matus

Monica Matus

McCarthy presents rather weak points considering he rated the film rotten, so I'm just going to pretend this never happened.

Jun 11 - 05:49 AM

Melissa S

Melissa S

Good thinking, fantard.

Jun 11 - 01:04 PM

matthew k.

matthew kitson

yes, because name calling makes you look oh so brilliant

Jun 11 - 04:29 PM

Monica Matus

Monica Matus

You're a smart one?I can already tell.

Jun 12 - 04:07 AM

Monica Matus

Monica Matus

You're a smart one. I can already tell.

Jun 12 - 04:08 AM

Daniel Morris

Daniel Morris

See, this is why legitimate reviewers hate Rotten Tomatoes... no respect for informed opinion. :-/

Jun 11 - 09:15 PM

Monica Matus

Monica Matus

Really, no respect? Where does *that* come from? Reading McCarthy's review, I didn't see much justification for calling the film rotten. McCarthy expresses some disappointment in his review, but otherwise I honestly don't think he backs himself up very well.

I hardly think disagreeing with a film critic means that I "disrespect" them or that my reaction to their review will scare them away from this site. Am I not allowed to disagree with critics because of the other whiners in the past? People like you are just as blind and ignorant as the RT followers who complain about negative reviews.

Jun 12 - 04:01 AM

w@velength

In Your Dreams

But you are a blind and ignorant follower who criticizes negative reviews. You claim that Todd doesn't provide decent reasons for rating the film rotten, yet he most definitely does. You simply have your blinders on because you believe every Pixar movie in existence is the second coming of cinema. It's not. Ooo, a red-headed chick with a bow and arrow. That sounds fresh!

Jun 12 - 01:18 PM

dj Mark

Mark Marquis

Unless you have seen Brave, you aren't in a position to agree or disagree with any critic. End of story.

Jun 13 - 09:13 AM

MisterVile

Mister Vile

Irony: calling someone's point weak when you don't know his points due to not seeing the film.

Jun 14 - 10:43 AM

Clayton Richards

Clayton Richards

I wouldn't trust this review myself, he seems to spend more time explaining what goes on in the film than explaining why he gave doesn't like it.
Also, he claims that this film doesn't have the "sence of wonder" other Pixar films have, but gives no direct reason why other than being "wrapped up on hinges".
Take my advice, read this review if you wish (which contains SPOILERS), but read others with more content other than describing the story.

Jun 11 - 09:09 AM

Tina Lucchese

Tina Lucchese

This seems more like a 'mixed' review than a truly 'rotten' one, to be honest; despite the criticisms he still had a lot of good to say about it.

Jun 11 - 11:11 AM

CoreyG

Corey Gallagher

Might explain why on this site he gave it rotten, but on another site he gave it a positive review and rating (metacritic).

Jun 12 - 10:01 PM

Jesse Radin

Jesse Radin

Do you clowns not realize that it's the same review? Metacritic just calculates things differently than RT, scoring all reviews from 0-100 to get a score

Jun 13 - 07:34 AM

CoreyG

Corey Gallagher

Nobody gives a hoot about the actual review, very few actually read entirety of reviews, they look at the tomatoscore. Now, the critic chooses the score and/or either fresh or rotten rating, he gave it a rotten rating on this site for unknown reasons and a positive rating on metacritic. My suspicion is that he realized the benefits of being the first to give a Pixar film a rotten review on RT...

Jun 13 - 09:23 AM

CoreyG

Corey Gallagher

Nobody gives a hoot about the actual review, very few actually read the reviews in their entirety, they look at the accumulative scores and ratings. Now, the critic chooses the score and/or either fresh or rotten rating, he gave it a rotten on this site for unknown reasons and a very good number score and positive rating on metacritic. My suspicion is that he realized the benefits of being the first to give a Pixar film a rotten review on RT... Get it...?

Jun 13 - 09:25 AM

Tina Lucchese

Tina Lucchese

Yeah, I was just referring to the content of the review in general, not the actual scoring system.

Jun 13 - 06:14 PM

Tina Lucchese

Tina Lucchese

Yeah, I was just referring to the content of the review in general, not the actual scoring system.

Jun 13 - 06:14 PM

Carson Smith

Carson Smith

Sounds like he lacks imagination. Well written review though.

Jun 11 - 11:17 AM

IrreducibleKoan

Sean Pak

I'm glad we got the first rotten over with early. Anyway, I predict this will be solid-to-great, ending up between 85-90%. Pixar is back!

Jun 11 - 11:30 AM

TUECollector_15

Ross Daniels

lol

Jun 21 - 10:43 PM

Brandon Kim

Brandon Kim

I don't think McCarthy likes fantasy.

Jun 11 - 11:33 AM

WS S.

WS Shannon

Well this sucks. I'm almost certain Brave will be great though, despite this reviewer's opinion. But I've read this review, and he gives some poor reasons why it is rotten. I didn't see anything about his complaints that was TRULY bad.

Jun 11 - 11:45 AM

Leonardo Fernández

Leonardo Fernández

I think a "meh" is enough to give a movie Rotten and that's what I got while reading his review. It's a mixed review that apparently didn't surprise him. Which I totally respect.

Jun 11 - 12:06 PM

Joshua

Joshua "LF" Mitchell

For the record, he also gave Cars 2 a fresh review. Then again, so did I, but you know what I mean...

Jun 11 - 12:26 PM

Morgan Rakes

Morgan Rakes

I won't let this effect me, there have been times where the first rotten came in the first few reviews but then on afterwards it's been nothing but positive responses. Besides other sites that have reviewed this movie have given it nothing but praise so hopefully that will be the same for the majority of the rotten tomato reviews.

Jun 11 - 12:52 PM

w@velength

In Your Dreams

If you require every movie you want to like to get a solid 100% every time you are in for a disappointing life, friend.

Jun 12 - 01:20 PM

Morgan Rakes

Morgan Rakes

I never said that I expected it to stay 100%, however being that this is the first rotten of just a few can often make me worry simply because sometimes it CAN mean that the rating will go down in a moments time.

Jun 12 - 06:35 PM

dj Mark

Mark Marquis

And how is a drop in its rating going to affect your enjoyment of the movie? If you see it, like it, that's all that should matter. Ratings are good for people who have nothing invested in a film and are simply looking for a reason to see it or avoid it. However, a lot of people (I have been guilty of this as well) see movie ratings as validations of their own likes. If you are secure in who you are, you won't care if anyone else likes your movie.

Jun 13 - 09:17 AM

Morgan Rakes

Morgan Rakes

Mark, I never said I WAS going to base my view of movies simply because of the reviews here. However I wanna see Pixar succeed with this movie as well as the others. I'm just a Pixar fan is all and I want them to do well review as well as budget wise, even if I liked the movie or not.

Jun 13 - 01:22 PM

Steven S.

Steven Smith

People secure about their tastes can still be affected by the reviews. Almost always, well-reviewed films are good and poorly reviewed films are bad. Nobody is going to base their opinions off it the reviews, but early reviews are generally accurate precursors on the quality of films.

Jun 16 - 11:11 AM

Sophieven G.

Sophieven Gang

Sorry that I seemed to flagged your reply as a spam...my bad! Never meant to. Only a slip...

Jun 16 - 06:40 AM

Sophieven G.

Sophieven Gang

Sorry that I seemed to flag your reply as spam...my bad! Never meant to...

Jun 16 - 06:46 AM

okayflint

First Last

see the fucking movie and judge it on your own terms, who cares what the fuck others will think. it's pixar, i think they'll be just fine. you're seeing this film regardless

Jun 15 - 02:45 AM

Morgan Rakes

Morgan Rakes

I never said I would base my judgement completely on the reviews here! However I'm a Pixar fan and just want their films to be good!

Jun 15 - 01:37 PM

Morgan Rakes

Morgan Rakes

Or at least for critics to like it as well! I can base my own judgement, again, I just want Pixar to do well on their movies critique wise.

Jun 15 - 01:37 PM

Josh Leitzel

Josh Leitzel

That's how I feel! I don't base what movies I like on the reviews but i like for Pixar movies to get high ratings because of all of those people that do base their opinions off of those. Just look at Battleship, a lot of people haven't seen it yet they say that it was terrible anyway due to the bad reviews. I haven't seen it yet so I can't say it's bad. Although it definitely doesn't interest me. :P

Jun 16 - 05:02 PM

Frank Mayfield

Frank Mayfield

It is funny that you act like you don't care what others think about movies, BUT you hang out at Rotten Tomatoes. That does not make sense.

Jun 19 - 12:25 AM

Sean Aminali

Sean Aminali

"Cars 2" also started out at an 80%. Oh, well. I guess we'll find out next week. Can't wait for my screening.

Jun 11 - 02:39 PM

Sunny Apinchapong

Sunny Apinchapong

looser!

Jun 11 - 03:11 PM

IrreducibleKoan

Sean Pak

tighter!

Jun 11 - 03:19 PM

Samy W.

Samy Whitter

LOL

Jun 11 - 03:48 PM

Ethan Kelly

Ethan Kelly

HAHAHAHAHA!

Jun 12 - 09:22 AM

Dustin Gonzalez

Dustin Gonzalez

Omgawd lolol.....

Jun 12 - 08:30 PM

Ethan Dean

Ethan Dean

I find it apalling this whole system of rating films nowadays. If it doesn't appease one critic, then the reputation of the movie gets diminished and it loses its desireability immediately. Give it a break. From the trailers it seems like an entirely different Pixar movie. It should be refreshing to see a studio break ground on something new.

Plus I find the whole idea, "it's not Pixar enough," a cop-out, and no critic has the credibility to critique an entire studio worth of production and talent in one 300 word review. Please critics, hold out on your criticism until the film's out. It's a coy game, and quite frankly, you're ruining the industry because of it.

I'm going to call this review flat out BS.

Jun 11 - 04:39 PM

almightygozar

Darrell Kay

You're complaining about critics saying anything bad about a movie before it's out? You do know it's their JOB to review movies, right? And if they're only allowed to say good things, then it really doesn't make them reviews so much as advertisements.

Considering that the reviewer has seen the movie, calling his review "BS" when YOU haven't seen it yet is pretty hypocritical, too.

That being said, I'm really looking forward to seeing this film. :-)

Jun 11 - 05:55 PM

Tony K.

Tony K

I came to this page looking for a generic review. Awesome! :D

Jun 11 - 05:53 PM

Ben Zacuto

Ben Zacuto

I honestly think that his opinion does matter... if he had a REASON to give Brave a rotten review! I think this guy is just mentally confused, especially since he gave Cars 2 a positive review. Rotten tomatoes is just a sad excuse for a movie rating website. I'm sticking with IMDb.

Jun 11 - 06:18 PM

w@velength

In Your Dreams

"Mentally confused"? Is that what the kids are saying these days? Go back to redundancy school. IMDB is a site for losers who are too cool to smile while watching movies so they spend their time downrating other people's favorite films to make themselves feel superior. Sorry critical review is more complicated than clicking on a star symbol, I'm sure you'll fit right in with all the other IMDBtards.

Jun 12 - 01:23 PM

Dustin Gonzalez

Dustin Gonzalez

I agree..... a lot. And im 15

Jun 12 - 08:32 PM

Rohan Sharma

Rohan Sharma

you want a cookie?

Jun 16 - 04:55 AM

Rohan Sharma

Rohan Sharma

please the highest reviewed movie on this site is Toy Story 2.

Jun 16 - 04:56 AM

Dave Sandford

Dave Sandford

perhaps this move is worse than Cars 2....

Jun 13 - 06:12 PM

ybrik222

Someone Someone

I'm freakin' out, man... This is, like, Pixar's chance to not screw up twice in a row... PLEASEBEGOODPLEASEBEGOODPLEASEBEGOOD

Jun 11 - 06:38 PM

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