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Brother Bear

Brother Bear (2003)



Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 125
Fresh: 48 | Rotten: 77

Brother Bear is gentle and pleasant if unremarkable Disney fare, with so-so animation and generic plotting.


Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 22

Brother Bear is gentle and pleasant if unremarkable Disney fare, with so-so animation and generic plotting.



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In the Disney-animated adventure Brother Bear, Joaquin Phoenix provides the voice of Kenai, a young Native American boy whose brother, Sitka (voice of D.B. Sweeney), is killed by a mother bear protecting her cubs. With revenge in mind, Kenai sets out into the woods only to find himself magically transformed into a bear himself. Seeing the world through the eyes of his prey, Kenai is forced to learn a lesson about nature and life. On a comic footnote: Brother Bear also features the voices of Rick


Animation, Kids & Family


Steve Bencich, Ron J. Friedman

Mar 30, 2004


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All Critics (126) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (77) | DVD (28)

Modest but guileless.

November 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Brother Bear is a very mild animated entry from Disney with a distinctly recycled feel.

June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Another watchable, old-fashioned, uninspired Disney animation.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A lame duck of a movie.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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It feels like a project that got quietly pushed through the pipeline while the studio gears up for bigger and better things.

November 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Give one chef eggs, cream, and sugar, and he'll produce creme brulee. In another kitchen, you'll get plain old vanilla pudding. What we have in Brother Bear, for all the potentially tasty ingredients, is pudding.

November 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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...often just as dull as it is engaging...

April 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Lackluster story only for kindergarteners.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

If "the CEO wants to sell teddy bears" isn't going to inspire writers to do their best work, what on Earth possibly could?

December 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Compared to the Disney classics, this is a lazy and forgettable misfire.

November 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

A sweet family film about love and tolerance.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

It also seems to want to have a message, but it's a little tougher to spot than the usual "Be true to yourself" or "Face up to your destiny."

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Eclipse Magazine
Eclipse Magazine

Predictable? Yes. Corny? Sure. But Brother Bear is still good, family fun.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

'Es una de esas joyitas que no pueden faltar en ninguna colección personal y cuyo valor seguramente será reconocido en los años por venir.'

July 20, 2004

The movie isn’t as witty as Monsters, Inc. and the storytelling isn’t as sharp as in Tarzan, but the theme of environmental kindness is priceless.

June 3, 2004


April 2, 2004 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

I still don't understand how Brother Bear got an Oscar nomination for Best Animated film, but there are plenty of worse movies out there.

April 2, 2004 Full Review Source:

It's another must-have for Disney fans.

March 26, 2004 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

...for all its earnestness, its wholesomeness, and its uplifting moral values, Brother Bear is formula Disney.

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Great music from Phil Collins and a couple of familiar moose make Brother Bear an animated film worth checking out with the whole family.

February 7, 2004 Full Review Source:

"A rich, deeply felt story about self-actualization and love, as well as about learning to respect nature on its own terms. It's the new Bambi.

January 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

Skirts self-parody in its rigid adherence to the cartoon-epic template.

January 15, 2004 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

Audience Reviews for Brother Bear

Animation work is above average and there are a couple of standout scenes but ultimately it doesn't reach the heights of Disney's back catalogue. Full review later.
October 5, 2012
Thomas Bowler

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Brother Bear is a movie that is so close to being great that it's almost ridiculous. Had there been just a few changes made to the story, characters and dialogue, it would've been a really moving and timeless classic. As it stands though, this is interesting and beautiful to look at, but the negative aspects can be overbearing. It's a kid's movie, so the Canadian Moose brothers and Bernie Mac Kid were something I just accepted as part of the package. However, I think that there was basically little to no development of the three brothers. It's just presented and then you're supposed to care about them. Well, at least Juaquin Phoenix was good and helped make the situation a bit easier to take it. I will say that Phil Collins continued his epically constructed score treatment that he started with Tarzan and in fact, it's the strongest element of the movie.
May 4, 2011

Super Reviewer

Completely unoriginal film, and a seriously miscast Joaquin Phoenix. The story itself wasn't even remotely interesting. I didn't find myself caring for the characters at all. Stay far, very far away from this one.

Grade: F
February 13, 2011

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    1. Kenoia: It's me.
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Kenoia: Koda? It's me.
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Kenoia: Leave him alone!
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Koda: Hi-ya!
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    1. Koda: I'm practicin' my moves!
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    1. Rutt: Hey. My name's Rutt. This is my brother Tuke.
    2. Tuke: How's it goin', bear?
    3. Kenoia: Don't call me that.
    4. Tuke: Sorry, uh... Mr. Bear?
    5. Kenoia: No! I mean, I'm not a bear! I hate bears!
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
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