| Original Score: C+
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.
It's mildly amusing, but I certainly can't recommend it.
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.
Pic as a whole is a gently and genuinely amusing treat that should bring smiles to target auds.
If you're looking to take your children to something harmless, that doesn't embarrass anyone, this light comedy ... is your next outing.
So awkward, so leaden, so virtually laugh-free that it's guaranteed to bring down the Happy Meals it's being marketed with.
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
| Original Score: 1/4
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
It's a diverting enough hour-and-a-half for the family audience.
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.
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.
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.
The Mark Perez script lacks the clever humor and odd twists that can help a family film transcend age.
A mixture of old-time kitsch and bewildering MTV-influenced digressions.
The formidable technical skills in The Country Bears must not be allowed to distract from the film's terminal inanity.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
Warm, funny and works as a musical, too.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
To call this movie ill-conceived and poorly structured is to vastly understate its shortcomings.
| Original Score: 2/5
Is it really an advantage to invest such subtlety and warmth in an animatronic bear when the humans are acting like puppets?
The whole talking-animal thing is grisly.
| Original Score: C