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Brave Reviews

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Matthew Singer
Willamette Week
June 14, 2016
It still looks great, the scenery coming alive with richly landscaped hills, jagged peaks and crystalline waterfalls, but rarely has it ever been said of a Pixar film that the visuals are the most compelling part.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kaori Shoji
Japan Times
June 14, 2016
As a Pixar production, Brave is perhaps lacking in the usual abundance of wit and wisecracks, but in its place is a reservoir of insight into the mother-daughter dynamic.
J. Olson
April 9, 2016
Everything here is tied together beautifully, at an inimitably comfortable pace.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Elias Savada
Film Threat
July 11, 2015
With all its spunk and determination, it's easy to see how close Brave gets to the bull's eye of Pixar perfection.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Pendreigh
Radio Times
November 18, 2013
Pixar's 13th full-length film is the studio's first to feature a female as its central character, and a memorable creation she is, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rafer Guzman
November 18, 2013
The main problem is that Merida craves adventure but Brave limits her to mother-daughter psychodrama.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
November 18, 2013
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.
Chris Knight
National Post
November 18, 2013
Brave continues the Pixar tradition of blazing new mythical trails. And Merida is perfect as a princess with no pre-feminist baggage to apologize for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dale Roe
Austin American-Statesman
November 18, 2013
You kinda wish Pixar would have taken some inspiration from the title of Brave, its newest animated feature, and pushed the envelope a bit.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kirk Baird
Toledo Blade
November 18, 2013
Brave starts as a light and airy fable, but its mood rapidly turns Brothers Grimm dark and delivers a resounding moral of personal responsibility and consequences for actions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
November 18, 2013
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.
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide
November 18, 2013
It practically goes without saying that the animation in Brave is frequently breathtaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Will Leitch
June 23, 2013
To see a Pixar movie this sloppy, conventional, and slipshod is downright flabbergasting.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
June 2, 2013
The plot - involving a wicked witch, an endangered parent and a race to reverse a spell - is decidedly oxidized. Even the young girl's unruly mane is the color of rust. But the animation is pure state of the art.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
May 17, 2013
The movie's thoughtful depiction of the mother-daughter bond is female-forward enough to mark "Brave" as special.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 4, 2013
Courage, independence and family are all beautifully brought to life by Pixar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jordan Hiller
December 31, 2012
Although the previews would have you believe that the film was an epic journey for the flame-haired firebrand, we are really treated (or deprived, depending on expectation) to a humble, small scale morality play.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 13, 2012
The freedom quest of a feisty Celtic princess with a jungle of wild red hair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
November 11, 2012
"Brave" is the first foray in fairytale storytelling for "Pixar," and their first contribution to the growing pantheon of Disney princesses. It works so well that we can safely assume that it won't be the last fairytale coming out of Emeryville.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
October 22, 2012
The hopping lamp gang has done it again, giving birth to a sharp, fresh fairy tale that in the pantheon of Pixar releases may not go down as a centerpiece, but comes close enough to the bullseye to sate moviegoing subjects kingdom-wide.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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