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Brother Bear Reviews

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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
October 28, 2011
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 16, 2009
Modest but guileless.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 6, 2008
Brother Bear is a very mild animated entry from Disney with a distinctly recycled feel.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Another watchable, old-fashioned, uninspired Disney animation.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
A lame duck of a movie.
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Charles Passy
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 21, 2003
It feels like a project that got quietly pushed through the pipeline while the studio gears up for bigger and better things.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Louise Kennedy
Boston Globe
November 16, 2003
Give one chef eggs, cream, and sugar, and he'll produce creme brulee. In another kitchen, you'll get plain old vanilla pudding. What we have in Brother Bear, for all the potentially tasty ingredients, is pudding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 1, 2003
It's hard to avoid concluding that Brother Bear was pitched as Pocahontas meets The Lion King since it recycles the themes of both, not to mention a character or two.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
November 1, 2003
The hand-drawn animation is alternately static and inconsistent, and the story may be too downbeat for younger kids, who are most assuredly the target audience.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 31, 2003
It's not that the movie is bad. It's just innocuous.
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C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle
October 31, 2003
The good news is that this is mostly good old-fashioned hand-drawn Disney animation. The bad news is that it relies too much on old-fashioned formula, hackneyed plot and cookie-cutter characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
October 31, 2003
Brother Bear is bearable, but just barely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
October 31, 2003
The film can be recommended to parents of headstrong children who are up for a wild, frequently entertaining, but not always coherent ride. Everyone else might want to download the Disney screensaver.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 31, 2003
The name may be Disney, but the result falls short of a classic.
| Original Score: C+
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
October 31, 2003
Disney has turned the call of the wild into the stultifying murmur of group therapy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
October 31, 2003
While the result may seem a departure for Disney, it's a stirring new direction in storytelling well suited for a new and more emotionally complex world.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 31, 2003
Children and their parents are likely to relate on completely different levels, the adults connecting with the transfer of souls from man to beast, while the kids are excited by the adventure stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 30, 2003
Messages about appreciating the world around you and a reworking of The Lion King circle-of-life riff are likely to be warmly accepted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 30, 2003
A generally upbeat and engaging tale of friendship and understanding.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
October 30, 2003
There's something vanilla about the whole enterprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 29, 2003
Brother Bear does have a satisfying ending and it's nice to see a G-rated film without bathroom humor, but there is too much formula and not enough reason to pay attention here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 28, 2003
A pleasant experience that is more appropriate for families than for adults unaccompanied by young offspring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 27, 2003
... an old-fashioned animated adventure with all the time-honored Disney story elements ...
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 24, 2003
A sweet celebration of brotherhood in its many forms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 24, 2003
Though Brother Bear is as beautiful as any of Disney's hand-drawn features, the gang-written script is deadly flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 23, 2003
An uninspired recycling of themes that were far more gripping in The Lion King and countless other earlier Mouse House classics.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 23, 2003
If Brother Bear aspires to be The Lion King Plus, that plus is the infusion of ethnographic kitsch recycled from earlier Disney hits like Mulan and Pocahontas that adds moral tone, but no extra entertainment value.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
October 23, 2003
A play- it-safe pastiche of familiar Disney tropes, from the senseless killing of a poor animal to the headstrong young adventurer to the ragtag comic relief to ... well, you can fill in the rest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 23, 2003
Today's street-smart moviegoing kids don't need to be so shamelessly pandered to.
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
October 22, 2003
The film blatantly strip-mines The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and anything else its makers can get their paws on.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 22, 2003
A playful movie that celebrates nature and the spirit world with striking imagery and a smooth blend of drama and comedy.
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Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
October 21, 2003
Tykes may giggle at the Rick Moranis/Dave Thomas-voiced moose, but there's little for adults.