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Brother Bear Reviews

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Top Critic
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 23, 2003
Today's street-smart moviegoing kids don't need to be so shamelessly pandered to.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
November 1, 2003
An uninspired and lackluster story told with some visual flourish and a few cute moments but without much energy.
Read More | Original Score: C
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Lackluster story only for kindergarteners.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 31, 2003
Seems destined to swirl down the drain along with other Mouse House flameouts
| Original Score: 2/4
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
November 13, 2003
Disney's latest full-length animated feature is a pretty "un-bearable" romp.
Full Review | Original Score: D
James Rocchi
November 14, 2003
Disney's animated fable takes the "circle of life" for another wearying spin down a road the studio has traveled before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 31, 2003
What's maddening about Bear is that it dangles good stuff in front of us -- an intriguing American Indian myth, beautifully stylized backgrounds -- and yanks it away to dive into conventional territory.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric D. Snider
November 4, 2003
Just rehashed man-and-nature, circle-of-life, colors-of-the-wind, 'Pocahontas'-style conservationist claptrap
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
June 6, 2008
Brother Bear is a very mild animated entry from Disney with a distinctly recycled feel.
Kit Bowen
November 7, 2003
Brother Bear should please most kids, but its formulaic story and predictable animation prove Disney needs to try a little harder next time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 27, 2003
The painted backgrounds are pretty, but the animation is sketchy and flat-looking; the characters cast no shadows and don't seem to weigh anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 10, 2009
If "the CEO wants to sell teddy bears" isn't going to inspire writers to do their best work, what on Earth possibly could?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 31, 2003
A collection of terrible songs by Phil Collins continuously halts the movie in its tracks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
November 6, 2003
Pixar is forcing Disney to keep up with more than ongoing distribution negotiations; Brother Bear is proof its muscles are starting to cramp.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Willie Waffle
April 2, 2004
I still don't understand how Brother Bear got an Oscar nomination for Best Animated film, but there are plenty of worse movies out there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 23, 2003
OK for the kiddies who won't be alarmed by the brutal bear attacks and hunts, but adults will merely be hibernating
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 24, 2003
definitely a second tier animation effort by Disney Studios
Full Review | Original Score: C+
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 31, 2003
[T]here's more ransacking than respect in how the Disney team handles this appealing mythology...
Rob Blackwelder
October 31, 2003
Perhaps a better title would have been Oh Brother! Bear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
November 4, 2003
With the undistinguished "Brother Bear," Disney seems to have forgotten it no longer monopolizes the animated feature market.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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