Brother Bear Synopsis
A man (Joaquin Phoenix) turns into a bear and befriends a cub (Jeremy Suarez).

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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By C.W. Nevius
It is bearable, in every sense of the word, and that's worth something for parents looking for G-rated entertainment.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Although the story has more than a little Lion King deja vu-doo going for it, Kenai (voiced by Joaquin Phoenix) is likable as both a man,...
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75

Premiere

By Susannah Gora
While not a masterpiece along the lines of "The Lion King," and not a super-smart witticism-fest like "Lilo and Stitch," Brother Bear is...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Sweet rather than exciting.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The end result is a pleasant experience that is more appropriate for families than for adults unaccompanied by young offspring.
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75

USA Today

By Staff [Not Credited]
A sweet celebration of brotherhood in its many forms. It gently encourages human communion with animals, nature and our fellow man.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
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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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Though Brother Bear is as beautiful as any of Disney's hand-drawn features, the gang-written script is deadly flat.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
There's something vanilla about the whole enterprise, from the one-size-fits-all spiritualism to Phil Collins' generic world-music songs.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

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Mark it: Phil Collins officially has nothing more to teach us. The tunes he's composed for Brother Bear are so generic, they're modular.
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By kat678
Soo cute. Story if love...

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Rated G
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 5+ Lackluster story only for kindergarteners.
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