Brother Bear
Brother Bear (2003)

Driven by the emotional and joyous rhythms of five great new songs from Academy-Award (R) winner Phil Collins, "Brother Bear" is Disney's exciting new animated holiday adventure. Set against the majestic natural splendor of… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: November 1, 2003
DVD Release Date: March 30, 2004
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Brother Bear is gentle and pleasant if unremarkable Disney fare, with so-so animation and generic plotting.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Modest but guileless.

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

A lame duck of a movie.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...often just as dull as it is engaging...

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Todd McCarthy

Brother Bear is a very mild animated entry from Disney with a distinctly recycled feel.

Charles Passy
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It feels like a project that got quietly pushed through the pipeline while the studio gears up for bigger and better things.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Lackluster story only for kindergarteners.

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Time Out

Another watchable, old-fashioned, uninspired Disney animation.

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Louise Kennedy
Boston Globe

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.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

If "the CEO wants to sell teddy bears" isn't going to inspire writers to do their best work, what on Earth possibly could?

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
There's definitely a charm to this film, but compared to the trailblazers that came before it, this feels very underwhelming. My main complaint would be… More
Conner Rainwater
Brother Bear is a movie that is so close to being great that it's almost ridiculous. Had there been just a few changes made to the story, characters and… More
Thomas Bowler
Animation work is above average and there are a couple of standout scenes but ultimately it doesn't reach the heights of Disney's back catalogue. Full… More
Matt Goodman
Completely unoriginal film, and a seriously miscast Joaquin Phoenix. The story itself wasn't even remotely interesting. I didn't find myself caring… More
Jim Careter
Fun, but gets really in to spirits and crap. Great music, horrible story, good voice acting. I liked it, but didnt love it.
Michael Edwards
this disney movie had i think the best drama of the newer generation of animated disney films and the end result was fantastic