Brave (2012)

Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land:… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 13, 2012
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Brave offers young audiences and fairy tale fans a rousing, funny fantasy adventure with a distaff twist and surprising depth.

Rafer Guzman

The main problem is that Merida craves adventure but Brave limits her to mother-daughter psychodrama.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

No, not another Pixar classic, but for full-on family fun it's a brave effort.

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Brian Pendreigh
Radio Times

Pixar's 13th full-length film is the studio's first to feature a female as its central character, and a memorable creation she is, too.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

By the climax, at which all right-thinking viewers will have dissolved in a puddle of warm appreciation, the new Pixar film has earned two cheers and a big bear hug.

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Bruce Diones
New Yorker

The story, with its patchwork of plots (involving feuding clans and disastrous spells), holds together enough to thrill intermittently.

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Chris Knight
National Post

Brave continues the Pixar tradition of blazing new mythical trails. And Merida is perfect as a princess with no pre-feminist baggage to apologize for.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

The story for this revisionist fairy tale, which promotes contemporary attitudes about parenting and gender equality, is less inspired than usual for Pixar, but the movie upholds the studio's high standard of computer animation.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

Though it falls short of the studio's best in many respects, Brave is ravishing to look at. Merida's carrot corona is alone worth the price of admission.

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Dale Roe
Austin American-Statesman

You kinda wish Pixar would have taken some inspiration from the title of Brave, its newest animated feature, and pushed the envelope a bit.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Obviously this is a mish mash of several different film concepts rolled up into one, but the end result was pretty great. "Brave" focuses on Princess… More
Chris Weber
This is Pixar's first film with a female lead, and, while it had a lot of potential and promise, it basically just ends up being a rehash of previous… More
Apeneck Fletcher
At the heart of this Pixar offering is a tale of first, a mother/daughter falling out and then, their eventual reunion. The vocal talents are exemplary (with… More
Letitia Lew
I don't know, I just didn't quite get it. Am I getting too old for weird fairytale plot twists?? Or am I just so ignorant of Scottish mythology that… More
Film Crazy
An amusing, and message sending family fun.
Jennifer D
Not what I was expecting at all, but I liked it!