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Two Brothers Reviews

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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 23, 2004
This is a family movie on a grand scale, enhanced by lush cinematography and throbbing music, with a minimum of dialogue and an endless assortment of thrills.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 3, 2004
Noteworthy because it represents a kind of fevered moviemaking insanity that we rarely see these days.
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Alan Niester
Globe and Mail
July 3, 2004
The kind of movie that kids used to flock to on Saturday afternoons in the forties and fifties.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 28, 2004
... one of the most amazing animal adventure fables ever captured on film.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 25, 2004
I would have gladly volunteered to lead all the tigers participating in this movie directly into the wilds, just to stop them 'acting' in this slow-moving, heavy-handed drama.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 25, 2004
The movie can be taken as quality children's entertainment ... But the film offers much more than that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
June 25, 2004
Impeccably well-crafted, kid-friendly and downright cuddly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 25, 2004
A beautiful film, but it's also a troubled one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 25, 2004
Two Brothers may not be a great movie, but it's an unusually diverting episode of Wild Kingdom.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 25, 2004
Brothers can't avoid the sappy Disney touches -- even though it comes from Universal.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
June 25, 2004
Two Brothers isn't a sequel to the 1988 nature hit The Bear, yet it feels like one. It suffers from the lack of inspiration that plagues many second chapters, and it attempts to broaden the original concept to diminished effect.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
June 25, 2004
You don't have to be a cat-lover to fall in love with the cuddly young tigers who star in Two Brother.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
June 25, 2004
Although special effects and careful editing pitch in, the wild-kingdom authenticity on display is an astonishing achievement.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
June 25, 2004
Two Brothers is the kind of movie that makes me optimistic for the future of family films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
June 25, 2004
Two Brothers is an odd crossbreed: documentary-style nature film, broad comedy, environmental sermon and Disney wannabe. But the awesome aww-power of its irresistible tiger cubs smooths its unevenness.
| Original Score: B
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 25, 2004
Those looking for a heartwarming, funny and adventurous story about wild animals will certainly find it in Two Brothers.
| Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 25, 2004
An enjoyable, Kipling-esque adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 25, 2004
Two Brothers isn't perfect, but it brings us close to tigers in ways that allow us to observe their behavior.
| Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 25, 2004
There is a lot in Two Brothers I admire. Families will not go wrong in attending this film. Some kids will think it's one of the best movies they've seen. My objections are of a sort that won't occur, I realize, to many of the viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 25, 2004
The Bear was a little too cutesy for my taste, but director Jean-Jacques Annaud gets the tone right this time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
June 24, 2004
It's either a children's movie for adults or an adult movie for children, with scenes to dazzle kids and others that could make them fidgety, though never to 'I wanna go hoooomme' extremes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 24, 2004
If you're familiar with [Annaud's] previous work you can accurately guess this venture's strengths and weaknesses.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
June 24, 2004
The story never reaches the heart-pounding heights that Mr. Annaud so obviously intended, but there is both sentiment and fun along the way, and the feline brethren move with expected grace and majesty.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 24, 2004
A family-friendly movie made for the same audience that likes to imagine talking animals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
June 24, 2004
[A] spectacularly beautiful movie.
| Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 24, 2004
Virtuoso examples of manipulative editing and fabricated narrative.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 24, 2004
It's an unabashed feel-good film, but a surprisingly intelligent one that honestly earns each smile and every tender moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
June 24, 2004
There's something simple yet miraculous about watching these beautiful animals interact with the wild and each other, even if their actions are being manipulated for the sake of drama.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 24, 2004
A terrific family film.
| Original Score: B+
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
June 24, 2004
Anyone older than 12 can figure out what's going to happen, but the movie still packs an emotional punch that will keep adults entertained as much as the young ones.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Walter Chaw
L.A. Weekly
June 23, 2004
Speaks eloquently to old-fashioned ideas of love, loyalty and decency.
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David Ng
Village Voice
June 22, 2004
Returning to the territory of his 1989 hit The Bear, Jean-Jacques Annaud delivers another refreshingly mature fable of bestial devotion.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 17, 2004
Annaud and his deft production team create believable dramatic characters without compromising the dignity of the animals they've borrowed as stars.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Derek Elley
Variety
June 2, 2004
Charms when the quadripeds stalk the action but creaks when the bipeds open their mouths.
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Judith Prescott
Hollywood Reporter
April 9, 2004
While audiences will gasp at the audacity of using real animals instead of drawings, the tale behind the technical achievement is stale and outmoded.