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In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature's new True Life Adventure "Bears" showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life's most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting-but risky-as the cubs' playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sincere and unexpectedly good, the film happily reintroduces another element of classic kids' movies: a tidy 77-minute run time."
‑ Chris Packham, Village Voice
"There are grittier nature documentaries out there, but "Bears" is simple and effective, and delivered with that friendly Disney touch. Its intent is to make you say, "awww," and it does its job well."
‑ Adam Graham, Detroit News
"constructs a compelling narrative out of what must have been an enormous amount of footage, focusing on the age-old trope of the journey to give the bears' plight for survival a sense of sincere thematic heft"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"A visual experience through and through, one that offers eye-popping delights at every turn."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Film Racket
"Nature movie fans will enjoy seeing the incredible cinematography of these magnificent creatures in the wild."
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
""Bears" could have used a lot more science; more substantive information in the place of wacky one-liners. Still, the images trump everything."
‑ Christy Lemire,
"All this is heartwarming, in a bloody, ursine-centric way."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
""And luckily, the movie does gets out of its own way (eventually) and tells a somewhat engaging, 'true-life' nature tale.""
‑ Jeff Vice, Cinephiled
"Much as I tried to avoid it, it was sometimes difficult to keep Werner Herzog's voice from creeping in over John C. Reilly's narration."
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Houston Press
"Engrossing and engaging - and the closing credits reveal behind-the-scenes glimpses of filming in the wild."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"Bonus points for all but eliminating the easy scatological humor. Does a bear (poop) in the woods? You won't find out watching "Bears.""
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"Despite the bracing beauty of the wilderness, and the respite provided by cubs at play, the movie is primarily a sobering treatise on survival."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"aimed to be child-friendly and soft pedals some of the harsher realities of bear life"
‑ Mark R. Leeper, Mark Leeper's Reviews
"Although bears most certainly can be adorable creatures, 'Bears,' the latest Disney documentary to celebrate Earth Day, turns the cuteness level up a bit too high."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"Huge bears, cute bears, stunning vistas and an age-old story of survival, the G-rated "Bears" is fine entertainment for families and animal lovers."
‑ John Wirt, Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
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