Brave

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Brave offers young audiences and fairy tale fans a rousing, funny fantasy adventure with a distaff twist and surprising depth.

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Merida (Kelly Macdonald), the impetuous but courageous daughter of Scottish King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), is a skilled archer who wants to carve out her own path in life. Her defiance of an age-old tradition angers the Highland lords and leads to chaos in the kingdom. Merida seeks help from an eccentric witch (Julie Walters), who grants her an ill-fated wish. Now, Merida must discover the true meaning of courage and undo a beastly curse before it's too late.

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Kelly Macdonald
Merida
Voice
Billy Connolly
Fergus
Voice
Emma Thompson
Elinor
Voice
Julie Walters
The Witch
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Robbie Coltrane
Lord Dingwall
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Kevin McKidd
Lord MacGuffin
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Craig Ferguson
Lord Macintosh
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Sally Kinghorn
Maudie
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Eilidh Fraser
Maudie
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Mark Andrews
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Steve Purcell
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Brenda Chapman
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Irene Mecchi
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John Lasseter
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Patrick Doyle
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Critic Reviews for Brave

All Critics (248) | Top Critics (53) | Fresh (194) | Rotten (54)

  • The main problem is that Merida craves adventure but Brave limits her to mother-daughter psychodrama.

    November 18, 2013 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Newsday
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  • By the climax, at which all right-thinking viewers will have dissolved in a puddle of warm appreciation, the new Pixar film has earned two cheers and a big bear hug.

    November 18, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The story for this revisionist fairy tale, which promotes contemporary attitudes about parenting and gender equality, is less inspired than usual for Pixar, but the movie upholds the studio's high standard of computer animation.

    November 18, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Unsatisfying for all ages.

    August 9, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Cockamamie folklore from a land too distant for Hollywood digimators to strain themselves over authenticity.

    August 9, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • No, not another Pixar classic, but for full-on family fun it's a brave effort.

    August 7, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Brave

  • Sep 16, 2019
    A daring-original-narrative from Disney/Pixar that isn't as gripping as other films but still has enough sentiment and charm to keep audiences smiling. Brave's concept is majestic and bold with a story that's both uneven and heartfelt; which is unique to the studios catalog but not among the upper echelon of its other films. 3.6/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2016
    An interesting and different kind of Pixar movie, Brave may not be for everyone but it remains a strong showing from Pixar - and a great one to show both young girls and young boys about the importance of family and trust.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2015
    It's about as bland as you could ever expect a Pixar movie to be. In fact, nothing about this movie screams Pixar. It's the type of movie that's so by the books you expect to find it in the 5$ blu ray bin at your local Wal-Mart. Nothing about this movie felt magical and even the comic relief characters completely failed to entertain. If you're planing a Pixar marathon, you might want to skip this one.
    John K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2015
    In "Brave," Merida would like nothing more than to run around with her bow and arrow all day. But as a princess, she has certain responsibilities that her younger brothers do not, like presiding over a competition of three suitors for her hand in marriage. All of whom she promptly embarrasses with her superior bow skills, before getting in an argument with her mother and then running away into the forest where she comes across a witch minding her business. With the entertaining "Brave," Pixar's winning streak of high quality animation continues. But at the same time, Pixar's DNA commingling with Disney's is taking shape, and it's not entirely pretty, as there are also anachronistic silliness and minor vulgarities here. Even worse is how the movie harps on Merida's so-called selfishness. Careless, maybe(like nobody ever learned anything from "Macbeth" concerning witches in Scotland) but not selfish. Because if Merida does not make a stand here, she is going to be a doormat for the rest of her life.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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