Brave Reviews

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Will Leitch
June 23, 2013

To see a Pixar movie this sloppy, conventional, and slipshod is downright flabbergasting.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Dale Roe
Austin American-Statesman
November 18, 2013

You kinda wish Pixar would have taken some inspiration from the title of Brave, its newest animated feature, and pushed the envelope a bit.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeff Beck
September 14, 2012

Kids will probably enjoy it for its beautiful design, but the adults in the audience will probably be wondering why Pixar decided to skimp on the story this time around.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rhett Bartlett
Dial M For Movies
June 24, 2012

After a strong start introducing the main characters, in particularly the wonderfully animated Merida, Pixar's Brave stumbles and tumbles through an appalling screenplay.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know
June 16, 2012

This was not the story that I was expecting or hoping for. Without giving anything away, bears figure prominently into this, more so than I would have liked. And I'm a fan of bears.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.8/5
Alyx Gorman
The Vine
June 21, 2012

In the end it feels that destiny has passed by not just our heroine, but her vehicle too.

Matt Patches
June 21, 2012

The film wanted to change the animated female's fate, but it didn't take any risks to do so.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ann Lewinson
Kansas City Star
June 21, 2012

"Brave" is less a feminist parable than a child's wish-fulfillment: Why can't Mommy be more like me?

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Ehrlich
Boxoffice Magazine
June 15, 2012

Brave unfortunately wastes the studio's most winsome protagonist on their least interesting narrative.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Richard Larson
Slant Magazine
June 15, 2012

Pixar's latest ultimately offers nothing more than a caricature of a well-worn conceit.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
June 18, 2012

Everything about the first act of Brave suggests a story of independence and following your own path, so it is disappointing when it instead becomes a moralising tale about the importance of obeying your parents.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
June 22, 2012

It's disappointing that the team of writers, including Andrews and Chapman, failed to redefine what it means to be a heroine in big-budget animation.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Berardinelli
Top Critic
June 22, 2012

The tone is uneven and more often morose than joyful. The pacing is slow and at times almost tedious. The end result is something that feels like it was put together from a jumble of Disney clichés tacked onto the skeleton of Beauty and the Beast.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
June 21, 2012

It's enjoyable, consistently beautiful, fairly conventional, occasionally surprising and ultimately disappointing.

Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
June 21, 2012

After the successive triumphs of the past decade, it's hard to accept anything less than transcendence from the animation studio.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
June 23, 2012

Great CGI animation doesn't compensate for forgettable characters, an uneven tone, and a banal story that fails to pack enough of a comedic, imaginative and emotional punch.

Full Review | Original Score: 5.872/10
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
June 21, 2012

Merida's curly red hair is an animator's dream, but not much else in this rather laboured fairy tale is memorable.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
June 21, 2012

This is one of the least exciting Pixar films and they're usually so imaginatively written; this is pretty banal.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
July 3, 2012

Tepid Story Undercuts Brave's Dynamic Visuals

Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/4.0
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
June 11, 2012

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.

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