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Two Brothers (2004)

tomatometer

78

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 114
Fresh: 89 | Rotten: 25

A charming family-friendly movie with stunning cinematography.

80

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 7

A charming family-friendly movie with stunning cinematography.

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 32,102

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Like The Bear, director Jean-Jacques Annaud's acclaimed animal picture released 15 years prior, Two Brothers offers a family-friendly epic as told through the eyes of its four-legged protagonists, who, in this case, are sibling tiger cubs Koumal and Sangha. Though a life in the jungles of French colonial Indochina circa the 1920s seemed certain, the cubs are separated shortly after their birth when the notorious hunter Aidan McRory (Guy Pearce) kills their father. Koumal is whisked away to a

Dec 21, 2004

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This is a family movie on a grand scale, enhanced by lush cinematography and throbbing music, with a minimum of dialogue and an endless assortment of thrills.

July 23, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Noteworthy because it represents a kind of fevered moviemaking insanity that we rarely see these days.

July 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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The kind of movie that kids used to flock to on Saturday afternoons in the forties and fifties.

July 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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... one of the most amazing animal adventure fables ever captured on film.

June 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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I would have gladly volunteered to lead all the tigers participating in this movie directly into the wilds, just to stop them 'acting' in this slow-moving, heavy-handed drama.

June 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The movie can be taken as quality children's entertainment ... But the film offers much more than that.

June 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Stunningly beautiful, but too intense for little kids.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The very definition of harmless, watchable entertainment. Exactly whether or not that is good enough depends on who you are.

January 7, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

I defy any animal lover not to tear up with Kumal and Sangha reunite, even if it is a little faux.

January 1, 2005 Full Review Source: AboutFilm.com
AboutFilm.com

It's that rare kind of comedy -- simple humor based on personalities, behavior, and folly .... rather than forced through crass punchlines or annoying sidekicks.

December 6, 2004
Christianity Today

[A] heartbreaking fable of friendship, family ties, and the human impact on the natural world...

September 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
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Annaud's methods are misleading which undermine his admirable intent.

August 19, 2004 Full Review
Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)

A fun, thoughtful, resourceful adventure for the whole family.

August 16, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com
FilmJerk.com

The overall quality and timelessness of Two Brothers will guarantee it a long future.

July 29, 2004 Full Review Source: european-films.net
european-films.net

As with The Bear much of the plot is carried by animal photography, though this film has considerably more human plot. A good family film, and a moving experience.

July 28, 2004 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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It's undoubtedly good-natured, old-fashioned family entertainment, but Two Brothers never quite manages to strike a successful balance between fantasy and reality.

July 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Although the lulled pacing of Two Brothers could put an insomniac in slumber land, the film's leading felines are more captivating than most high-paid Hollywood stars.

July 3, 2004
Palo Alto Weekly

Watching Kumal and Sangha, some viewers may even be reminded of lines from Blake's famous poem 'The Tyger': 'What immortal hand or eye/Could frame thy fearful symmetry?'

July 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Teems with life and a rather beautiful simplicity when Annaud focuses squarely on the tiger cubs - but then the humans come crashing in to make a mess of things.

July 2, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

I was put off by the way the movie anthropomorphizes the tigers.

July 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Please take your family to see this rare and marvelous movie.

June 30, 2004 Full Review
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

The tigers are roaring but the movie is boring

June 30, 2004 Full Review
jackiekcooper.com

Annaud's tigers are benign.

June 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Two Brothers

Aidan McRory: Forgive me. Forgive me.

There is nothing special about 'Two Brothers', the story of lions. I find it to be one of the most irritating films of all time, considering that we have no sympathy and don't have any interest in the films protagonists. We have great actors in this film (Guy Pierce, Jean-Jacques Annaud) but the characters they play are incredibly bland, especially Pierces character, who we don't care about what he commits or what the cost of his wrongdoings are. The scenery is unbelievably and incredibly uninteresting, as it stays the same as the film progresses. I'm trying not to bash this so hard, but I just can't help myself, never has a film been so impeccably detrimentally tedious and wearisome, that I would rather watch the 'Cheaper by the Dozen' remake than watch the opening credits of 'Two Brothers' again. Not recommended.

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CreedsDelight

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ooh my god this film is excellent its about two tigers (brothers) that get seperated dad gets killed and mum is shoot but survives and they get one owned by the circus the other by a wealthy person and they are set to fight each other but recognise each other and run away together but theres alot more then wot im saying its a lovely heart warming film it gave me goosepipples and made me cry so worth a watch!!!
January 1, 2008
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Sad yet cute. Entertaining yet stupid. Feeling good vs plot cliches. I'm not quite sure what to say. I feel stupid if I give it a positive review, but I don't think it's a bad movie per say.
June 24, 2011
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