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The Country Bears (2002)

The Country Bears


Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 80
Fresh: 24
Rotten: 56

Critics Consensus: Despite all the celebrities on hand, this spin-off from a theme park attraction still feels tired and hokey.

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 5
Rotten: 19

Critics Consensus: Despite all the celebrities on hand, this spin-off from a theme park attraction still feels tired and hokey.


Average Rating: 2.7/5
User Ratings: 10,586


Movie Info

Like other celebrated rock-and-roll groups, the members of the legendary group 'The Country Bears'--Ted and Fred Bedderhead, Tennessee O'Neal and Zeb Zober--were torn apart by the perils of their own success: ego, jealousy and a little too much honey. Can eager young fan Beary Barrington convince the bitter ex-members of the rock band to put aside their differences and perform a benefit concert to save Country Baer Hall, the legendary venue where the band got its start?

Comedy , Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By:
Mark Perez , Paul Rugg
In Theaters:
Dec 17, 2002
Box Office:
Buena Vista Distribution Compa - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Country Bears

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (56) | DVD (11)

Kids will probably enjoy the sight of huge, bumbling teddy bears... Parents will exit wondering why this piece of unnecessary cross-promotion wasn't released straight to video.

Full Review… | September 26, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

It's mildly amusing, but I certainly can't recommend it.

Full Review… | July 31, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

This ingrown mutant is easily the most bizarre children's film made in this country since 1982's lab-rat apocalypse The Secret of NIMH.

Full Review… | July 30, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

Pic as a whole is a gently and genuinely amusing treat that should bring smiles to target auds.

Full Review… | July 29, 2002
Top Critic

If you're looking to take your children to something harmless, that doesn't embarrass anyone, this light comedy ... is your next outing.

Full Review… | July 26, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

So awkward, so leaden, so virtually laugh-free that it's guaranteed to bring down the Happy Meals it's being marketed with.

Full Review… | July 26, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

A dumb story about a bear adopted by humans.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

Click to read review

Full Review… | January 6, 2004

...the movie just might be worth a rental if only for the sight of watching Christopher Walken belt out a musical number using only his hand and his armpit.

Full Review… | March 30, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

It's like an all-star salute to Disney's cheesy commercialism.

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
Film Quips Online

'...both hokey and super-cool, and definitely not in a hurry, so sit back, relax and have a few laughs while the little ones get a fuzzy treat.'

Full Review… | August 21, 2002
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Bearable. Barely.

Full Review… | August 11, 2002

Functions more as a product than a movie.

Full Review… | August 11, 2002
Boxoffice Magazine

By turns numbingly dull-witted and disquietingly creepy.

Full Review… | August 4, 2002
Austin Chronicle

It's fitting that a movie as artificial and soulless as The Country Bears owes its genesis to an animatronic display at Disneyland.

Full Review… | August 3, 2002

The movie left me feeling that I never wanted to see another movie in my life. Yes, it's that bad. It's worse than that bad.

Full Review… | July 30, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

How on earth did Disney manage to convince these talented people to get involved in this monumental suck-fest?

Full Review… | July 29, 2002

Good music, creative twists and a moving performance by freaky Christopher Walken saved this potentially stinky kiddie film

Full Review… | July 29, 2002
Roanoke Times (Virginia)

...a plotline that's as lumpy as two-day old porridge...the filmmakers' paws, sad to say, were all over this "un-bear-able" project!

Full Review… | July 28, 2002
Movie Eye

Stuart Little, on a neighboring screen, realizes his situation for what it is. Are mice smarter than bears?

Full Review… | July 27, 2002
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Despite yet another endearingly eccentric turn by Christopher Walken, this is as bad as anyone could possibly imagine.

Full Review… | July 27, 2002
Film Journal International

The Country Bears wastes an exceptionally good idea. But the movie that doesn't really deliver for country music fans or for family audiences

Full Review… | July 26, 2002
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Audience Reviews for The Country Bears

For a kid's movie, this was actually decent. The bears are cute and the story is okay. One of the few kids films I have seen that hasn't made me want to pull my hair out just for something else to do!

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


It was fun to see another Disney ride brought to life, but this was in no way a good movie. It was extremely corny and had an overused plot. It would've been better as an animated movie, because the Disneyland attraction is about singing bears.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


i thought this was well good lol!

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

The Country Bears Quotes

Reed Thimple:
This is not over....BEARS!
– Submitted by Max G (2 years ago)
Reed Thimple:
Do you like the sound of crunching wood? ...I do.
– Submitted by Alannah D (2 years ago)
Dex Barrington:
Okay. This is my baby picture. This is yours.
Beary Barrington:
Dex Barrington:
See this? This is my birth certificate. Here's yours. The rangers used this to track you.
Beary Barrington:
So, what's your point?
Dex Barrington:
Forget it.
– Submitted by Anthony A (3 years ago)
Beary Barrington:
Mom? Am I adopted?
Mrs. Barrington:
Of course not, honey.
– Submitted by Anthony A (3 years ago)
Dex Barrington:
Hey, Beary! Doofus! Time for dinner!
– Submitted by Anthony A (3 years ago)
Beary Barrington:
[sitting on the bus' sunroof] WOO HOO! WOO HOOOO! WOO HOOOOOO!
– Submitted by Anthony A (3 years ago)

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