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: June 22, 2012
DVD 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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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

... "Brave" isn't so much about a show of strength as it is about a show of heart...

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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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Matthew Singer
Willamette Week

It still looks great, the scenery coming alive with richly landscaped hills, jagged peaks and crystalline waterfalls, but rarely has it ever been said of a Pixar film that the visuals are the most compelling part.

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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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Kaori Shoji
Japan Times

As a Pixar production, Brave is perhaps lacking in the usual abundance of wit and wisecracks, but in its place is a reservoir of insight into the mother-daughter dynamic.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
I wasn't into this at all. The miscommunication between mothers and daughters about marriage, duty, and honor are so played out. There's nothing new… More
Kevin M. Williams
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
Jens S.
The animation is absolutely stunning and beautiful to look at, starting with a gorgeous leading character to the wonderful Scottish landscapes. In the story… More
Film Crazy
An amusing, and message sending family fun.
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