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The Country Bears Reviews

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Dallas Morning News
February 7, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Dan Fienberg
L.A. Weekly
September 26, 2002
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.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 31, 2002
It's mildly amusing, but I certainly can't recommend it.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
July 30, 2002
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.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
July 29, 2002
Pic as a whole is a gently and genuinely amusing treat that should bring smiles to target auds.
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Houston Chronicle
July 27, 2002
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 26, 2002
If you're looking to take your children to something harmless, that doesn't embarrass anyone, this light comedy ... is your next outing.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 26, 2002
So awkward, so leaden, so virtually laugh-free that it's guaranteed to bring down the Happy Meals it's being marketed with.
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Daphne Gordon
Toronto Star
July 26, 2002
It's just that it's so generally mediocre, bland and predictable that I found myself moaning every time I looked at my watch, which was often.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 26, 2002
The tots at a recent preview screening made little response to the bears, but audibly appreciated a human character who made noises come out of his armpit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle
July 26, 2002
The Country Bears has no scenes that will upset or frighten young viewers. Unfortunately, there is almost nothing in this flat effort that will amuse or entertain them, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
July 26, 2002
After a while, the only way for a reasonably intelligent person to get through The Country Bears is to ponder how a whole segment of pop-music history has been allowed to get wet, fuzzy and sticky.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
July 26, 2002
It's a diverting enough hour-and-a-half for the family audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
July 26, 2002
Entertains not so much because of its music or comic antics, but through the perverse pleasure of watching Disney scrape the bottom of its own cracker barrel.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
July 26, 2002
Trying to figure out the rules of the Country Bear universe -- when are bears bears and when are they like humans, only hairier -- would tax Einstein's brain.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Reilly Capps
Boston Globe
July 26, 2002
There isn't enough irony or sly humor to keep adults interested, and there isn't enough adventure in the plot to keep children over the age of 4 from squirming in their seats.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 26, 2002
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 26, 2002
The Mark Perez script lacks the clever humor and odd twists that can help a family film transcend age.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 26, 2002
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 26, 2002
A mixture of old-time kitsch and bewildering MTV-influenced digressions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 26, 2002
The formidable technical skills in The Country Bears must not be allowed to distract from the film's terminal inanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 26, 2002
Harmless fun.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Arizona Republic
July 26, 2002
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 25, 2002
The plot combines The Blues Brothers and Almost Famous (but with bears, and a G rating), with an excruciating dollop of Disney sentimentality mixed in for good measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Howard Cohen
Miami Herald
July 25, 2002
Warm, funny and works as a musical, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 25, 2002
To call this movie ill-conceived and poorly structured is to vastly understate its shortcomings.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 25, 2002
Is it really an advantage to invest such subtlety and warmth in an animatronic bear when the humans are acting like puppets?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 24, 2002
The whole talking-animal thing is grisly.
Full Review | Original Score: C