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Bears (2014)



Critic Consensus: Sweet, beautifully filmed, and admirably short on sugarcoating, Bears continues Disneynature's winning streak.

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In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature's new True Life Adventure "Bears" showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life's most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting-but risky-as the cubs' playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food-ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run-while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf pack. "Bears" captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet's last great wildernesses-Alaska! Directed by Alastair Fothergill ("Earth," "African Cats" and "Chimpanzee") and Keith Scholey ("African Cats"), "Bears" arrives in theaters April 18, 2014, to celebrate Earth Day.(c) Disney
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John C. Reilly
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Critic Reviews for Bears

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (22)

Sincere and unexpectedly good, the film happily reintroduces another element of classic kids' movies: a tidy 77-minute run time.

Full Review… | April 22, 2014
Village Voice
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"Bears" could have used a lot more science; more substantive information in the place of wacky one-liners. Still, the images trump everything.

Full Review… | April 18, 2014
Top Critic

Bonus points for all but eliminating the easy scatological humor. Does a bear (poop) in the woods? You won't find out watching "Bears."

Full Review… | April 18, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
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There are grittier nature documentaries out there, but "Bears" is simple and effective, and delivered with that friendly Disney touch. Its intent is to make you say, "awww," and it does its job well.

Full Review… | April 18, 2014
Detroit News
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All this is heartwarming, in a bloody, ursine-centric way.

Full Review… | April 18, 2014
Globe and Mail
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Despite the bracing beauty of the wilderness, and the respite provided by cubs at play, the movie is primarily a sobering treatise on survival.

Full Review… | April 17, 2014
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Bears

Disney Nature's latest documentary is charming, heartwarming, and visually pleasant. Bears just might be the best of its predecessors.

Farah Rizq
Farah Rizq

Charming and awe-inspiring, Disneynature continues it's streak of beautifully filmed nature documentaries with this adorable and pleasant look at the lives of a family of three bears. Rating: 82

Bradley J
Bradley J

Super Reviewer

Disney's latest nature doc follows two bear cubs through their first year of life. Great footage of these magnificent beasts prowling the Alaska wilderness, but the anthropomorphic commentary gets so cutesy you sometimes wish mama bear would go GRIZZLY MAN on narrator John C. Reilly.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

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