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The Country Bears

The Country Bears (2002)



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

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


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

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



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Movie Info

This family musical enjoys the dubious distinction of being the first film ever based on a theme park attraction, the "Country Bears Jamboree" at Disneyworld. Beary Barrington (voice of Haley Joel Osment) is an adolescent bruin raised by a human family after he was found by a park ranger, abandoned in the forest. Curious about his biological roots, Beary travels to Tennessee to seek out his birth parents while attempting to locate the members of his favorite musical group -- a defunct country


Comedy, Kids & Family

Mark Perez, Paul Rugg

Dec 17, 2002


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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.

September 26, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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It's mildly amusing, but I certainly can't recommend it.

July 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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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.

July 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comment (1)
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Pic as a whole is a gently and genuinely amusing treat that should bring smiles to target auds.

July 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Variety
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If you're looking to take your children to something harmless, that doesn't embarrass anyone, this light comedy ... is your next outing.

July 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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So awkward, so leaden, so virtually laugh-free that it's guaranteed to bring down the Happy Meals it's being marketed with.

July 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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A dumb story about a bear adopted by humans.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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January 6, 2004 Full Review Source:

...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.

March 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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It's like an all-star salute to Disney's cheesy commercialism.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
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.'

August 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Bearable. Barely.

August 11, 2002 Full Review Source:

Functions more as a product than a movie.

August 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

By turns numbingly dull-witted and disquietingly creepy.

August 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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.

August 3, 2002 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

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.

July 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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

July 29, 2002 Full Review Source:

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

July 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Roanoke Times (Virginia)
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!

July 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

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

July 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

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

July 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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

July 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Hot Button
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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!
February 25, 2010

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.
November 20, 2009

Super Reviewer

i thought this was well good lol!
July 25, 2006

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