Brave Reviews

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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
November 18, 2013
The main problem is that Merida craves adventure but Brave limits her to mother-daughter psychodrama.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
November 18, 2013
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.
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
November 18, 2013
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.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
August 7, 2012
No, not another Pixar classic, but for full-on family fun it's a brave effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
July 2, 2012
The story, with its patchwork of plots (involving feuding clans and disastrous spells), holds together enough to thrill intermittently.
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
June 22, 2012
Though it falls short of the studio's best in many respects, Brave is ravishing to look at. Merida's carrot corona is alone worth the price of admission.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 22, 2012
Saying that Brave is entertaining but not astonishing is pretty much admitting your straight-A student got a B.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 22, 2012
It's a safe experience; but safe, in this case, is better than sorry.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 22, 2012
The Pixar name used to mean something. And it never quite meant pleasantly safe, safely forgettable movies like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 22, 2012
"Brave" is easy to like but hard to love, a feel-good fable with the latest bells and whistles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 22, 2012
What we get would be fine from another studio, but too safe and familiar for Pixar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 22, 2012
"Brave" isn't a bull's-eye, but it's close enough.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
June 22, 2012
This Celtic-themed story hews so closely to classic fairy-tale tropes, it's the studio's most Disney-fied production yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 22, 2012
Youngsters with a taste for adventure will no doubt overlook the movie's workmanlike outlines and applaud its spirited, self-reliant heroine, who proves to be as appealingly unruly as her tumble of Titian curls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 21, 2012
It's a lively, psychologically astute tale filled with humanity, wit and charming performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
June 21, 2012
It's a subpar story that seems to exist mainly to sell a new Disney Princess in the form of wild-haired Merida.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
June 21, 2012
A charming but weightless adventure tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 21, 2012
In terms of story and emotional power, "Brave" comes up short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 21, 2012
If the Walt Disney Studios logo were the only one on "Brave," this film's impeccable visuals and valiant heroine would be enough to call it a success.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 21, 2012
I really hope that people will give this imaginative little fairy tale a chance, and I can't wait to show it to my 6-year-old daughter.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 21, 2012
The standout characters, exciting set pieces and memorable songs that we've come to expect are absent. The truest advertising tagline would be, "From the studio that brought you 'Cars 2.'"
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 21, 2012
It's enjoyable, consistently beautiful, fairly conventional, occasionally surprising and ultimately disappointing.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 21, 2012
While co-directors Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman and Steve Purcell have successfully made a family action fantasy featuring a girl hero - a long-overdue revolution - the story is not as special as the princess inside it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
June 21, 2012
Gorgeous visuals, terrific message, but a decidedly second-tier plot and not a single unforgettable character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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June 21, 2012
While the character of Merida answers Pixar's cultural critics emphatically - and offers young girls a spirited wild card to add to their gallery of satin-gowned Disney princesses - the studio hasn't imagined a vehicle worthy of her.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 21, 2012
Although Brave is satisfying and spirited and laced with humor (haggis jokes, kilt jokes), it doesn't quite mark a return to form for Pixar following the digital house's disappointing 12th feature, Cars 2.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 21, 2012
Brave is a rousing, gorgeously animated good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 21, 2012
While the mother-daughter clashes may make the story "relatable," they drain it of its mythopoetic potential, turning what could have been a cool postmodern fairy tale into another family melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 21, 2012
We would expect this kind of overstuffed joyride from Dreamworks Animation or the folks at Fox or even Disney itself. But it's terribly ordinary for Pixar, and ordinary is no longer enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 21, 2012
"Brave" offers sweep, a few songs about touching the sky and following your dream and at heart a story of a daughter and a mother learning to cut through society's expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 21, 2012
Brave is fearless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 21, 2012
Unusual for Pixar, Brave follows an entirely predictable trajectory, but it's not without its amusements.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 21, 2012
It's a lushly colorful and appealing tale, never quite sublime but always entertaining and often delightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
June 21, 2012
Pixar's films remain rich visual wonderlands, artworks in their own right. But with Brave, the content doesn't entirely live up to the rendering.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 21, 2012
The good news is that the kids will probably love it, and the bad news is that parents will be disappointed if they're hoping for another Pixar groundbreaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 20, 2012
Turns out to be much less about the qualities that mark a heroine built to interest a 21st-century audience of girls, boys, and accompanying adults, and much more about the complexities of mother-daughter relations.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 20, 2012
"Brave" is either a welcome throwback to old-time animated fairy tales -- albeit one with all the latest high-tech advantages -- or a stalling pattern for Pixar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
June 19, 2012
...what seemed a relatively conventional family film gets downright eccentric.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 19, 2012
Moms and girls everywhere deserve this movie, absolutely, and I hope they have a great time. But they also deserve much more, and much better.
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
June 19, 2012
The animation studio's first film with a female protagonist, a defiant lass who acts as a much-welcome corrective to retrograde Disney heroines of the past and the company's unstoppable pink-princess merchandising.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
June 19, 2012
Merely a dull amalgam of modern Mouse House idiosyncrasies
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
June 19, 2012
It's a rousing adventure and a hilarious comedy, and if its athletic and intelligent leading lady creates a new paradigm for animated features, so much the better.
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Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
June 19, 2012
A good, often entertaining work that kids will love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 18, 2012
Pixar is long overdue for a feature with a strong female character at its center. Now that she's arrived, it's clear that she deserves better.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 18, 2012
In addition to being fast, funny, and unpretentious, Brave is a happy antidote to all the recent films in which women triumph by besting men at their own macho games...
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Peter Debruge
Variety
June 11, 2012
Adding a female director to its creative boys' club, the studio has fashioned a resonant tribute to mother-daughter relationships that packs a level of poignancy on par with such beloved male-bonding classics as Finding Nemo.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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.