Brave

Brave

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Brave Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Newsday

November 18, 2013
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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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 Source: TIME Magazine

November 18, 2013
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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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 Source: Chicago Reader

November 18, 2013
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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No, not another Pixar classic, but for full-on family fun it's a brave effort.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

August 7, 2012
Bruce Diones
New Yorker
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The story, with its patchwork of plots (involving feuding clans and disastrous spells), holds together enough to thrill intermittently.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

July 2, 2012
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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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.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

June 22, 2012
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 22, 2012
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Saying that Brave is entertaining but not astonishing is pretty much admitting your straight-A student got a B.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

June 22, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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It's a safe experience; but safe, in this case, is better than sorry.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

June 22, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The Pixar name used to mean something. And it never quite meant pleasantly safe, safely forgettable movies like this.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 22, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"Brave" is easy to like but hard to love, a feel-good fable with the latest bells and whistles.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

June 22, 2012
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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What we get would be fine from another studio, but too safe and familiar for Pixar.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 22, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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"Brave" isn't a bull's-eye, but it's close enough.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

June 22, 2012
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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This Celtic-themed story hews so closely to classic fairy-tale tropes, it's the studio's most Disney-fied production yet.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

June 22, 2012
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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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 Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 22, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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It's a lively, psychologically astute tale filled with humanity, wit and charming performances.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

June 21, 2012
Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
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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 Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C

June 21, 2012
Eric D. Snider
Film.com
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A charming but weightless adventure tale.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B-

June 21, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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In terms of story and emotional power, "Brave" comes up short.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

June 21, 2012
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

June 21, 2012
Dana Stevens
Slate
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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.

Full Review Source: Slate

June 21, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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 Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 21, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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It's enjoyable, consistently beautiful, fairly conventional, occasionally surprising and ultimately disappointing.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

June 21, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

June 21, 2012
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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Gorgeous visuals, terrific message, but a decidedly second-tier plot and not a single unforgettable character.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 3/5

June 21, 2012
Scott Tobias
NPR
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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.

Full Review Source: NPR

June 21, 2012
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

June 21, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Brave is a rousing, gorgeously animated good time.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 21, 2012
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 21, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 21, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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"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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

June 21, 2012
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Brave is fearless.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 4/4

June 21, 2012
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Unusual for Pixar, Brave follows an entirely predictable trajectory, but it's not without its amusements.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 21, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's a lushly colorful and appealing tale, never quite sublime but always entertaining and often delightful.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 21, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

June 21, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

June 20, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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"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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 20, 2012
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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...what seemed a relatively conventional family film gets downright eccentric.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 4.5/5

June 19, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

June 19, 2012
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 19, 2012
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Merely a dull amalgam of modern Mouse House idiosyncrasies

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

June 19, 2012
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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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.

Full Review Source: The Wrap

June 19, 2012
Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
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A good, often entertaining work that kids will love.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 3/4

June 19, 2012
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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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.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

June 18, 2012
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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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...

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

June 18, 2012
Peter Debruge
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 11, 2012
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

June 11, 2012
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