A young man (Joaquin Phoenix) turns into a bear, befriends a cub (Jeremy Suarez) and meets a pair of misguided moose.
" Modest but guileless. "
" Another watchable, old-fashioned, uninspired Disney animation. "
" The name may be Disney, but the result falls short of a classic. "
" A generally upbeat and engaging tale of friendship and understanding. "
" It's not that the movie is bad. It's just innocuous. "
" The hand-drawn animation is alternately static and inconsistent, and the story may be too downbeat for younger kids, who are most assuredly the target audience. "
" The film can be recommended to parents of headstrong children who are up for a wild, frequently entertaining, but not always coherent ride. Everyone else might want to download the Disney screensaver. "
" Brother Bear is a very mild animated entry from Disney with a distinctly recycled feel. "
" Children and their parents are likely to relate on completely different levels, the adults connecting with the transfer of souls from man to beast, while the kids are excited by the adventure stuff. "
" There's a nagging sameness here that dwarfs the film's noble intentions and rather striking cinematics. "
" It feels like a project that got quietly pushed through the pipeline while the studio gears up for bigger and better things. "
" It's hard to avoid concluding that Brother Bear was pitched as Pocahontas meets The Lion King since it recycles the themes of both, not to mention a character or two. "
" Brother Bear is bearable, but just barely. "
" 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. "
" Messages about appreciating the world around you and a reworking of The Lion King circle-of-life riff are likely to be warmly accepted. "
" Disney has turned the call of the wild into the stultifying murmur of group therapy. "
" A lame duck of a movie. "
" The good news is that this is mostly good old-fashioned hand-drawn Disney animation. The bad news is that it relies too much on old-fashioned formula, hackneyed plot and cookie-cutter characters. "
" While the result may seem a departure for Disney, it's a stirring new direction in storytelling well suited for a new and more emotionally complex world. "
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