Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    Apr 17, 2014
    83
    There's an elemental appeal to watching these animals hunt and play in the Alaskan wildnerness, and the Disneynature team has mastered the art of capturing it.
  2. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Apr 17, 2014
    83
    What's amazing about the documentary, though, is that it's oftentimes just as engaging as the Disney bears that play in jug bands or crave ooey-gooey honey.
  3. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Apr 17, 2014
    80
    A three-act story narrated by the affable John C. Reilly is grafted onto one “How’d they get that?” shot after another.
  4. Reviewed by: Sandie Angulo Chen
    Apr 17, 2014
    75
    The spectacular cinematography (which took a year to capture), the sometimes silly and sentimental narration, and the alternately cutesy and menacing score are all used to showcase the dramatic lengths the wildlife kingdom’s most famously protective mother will go to provide for her cubs.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Apr 17, 2014
    75
    It has lighthearted moments, but is also suspenseful at the right times.
  6. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Apr 16, 2014
    75
    It’s gorgeous, intimate and beautifully photographed. And it’s cute and kid-friendly, with just enough jokes to balance the drama that comes from any film that flirts with how dangerous and unforgiving The Wild actually is.
  7. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Apr 17, 2014
    70
    Despite the bracing beauty of the wilderness, and the respite provided by cubs at play, the movie is primarily a sobering treatise on survival.
  8. Reviewed by: Kerry Lengel
    Apr 17, 2014
    70
    The cuteness, of course, is just the lure. The real payoff is the unforgettable images of nature in its astonishing abundance and awesome austerity.
  9. Reviewed by: Martin Tsai
    Apr 17, 2014
    70
    Bears has warmth and fuzziness in spades, especially when the lot of them snoozes on logs. Amid its heaping serving of cuddliness, though, the film doesn't sugarcoat the harsh reality and unforgiving elements with which the bears have to contend.
  10. 70
    Disneynature’s Bears combines sweeping vistas and remarkably intimate wildlife photography to typically stirring effect.
  11. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Apr 14, 2014
    70
    Surely some of the film’s various incidents have been creatively stitched together from stray bits and pieces of footage, but its central conflict is an entirely organic one, and rarely is any offscreen string pulling distractingly evident.
  12. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Apr 18, 2014
    63
    Some of the most striking moments in Bears are during the film’s closing credits, when we see how alarmingly close the camera crew was to the animals. We’re reminded us that while the movie Bears is both sweet and humane, the real bears are neither.
  13. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Apr 18, 2014
    63
    Bears also features nearly wall-to-wall voiceover, but this time it comes courtesy of John C. Reilly. His inherently likable, goofy sweetness shines through, making the material, um, bearable, if you will.
  14. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Apr 17, 2014
    63
    The "nature" aspects of Bears are undercut by the need to turn this into a live-action Disney cartoon, complete with cuddly heroes and nasty villains.
  15. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Apr 17, 2014
    63
    As with all of Disneynature’s features, there’s astonishing documentary work on display in Bears — but a leaner, less conspicuously structured view of the wild might have had even greater impact.
  16. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Apr 17, 2014
    63
    This is one of those nature documentaries that’s pretty much solely interested in being entertaining, and so is cleverly edited to look like the linear story of a mother (dubbed Sky) and her newborns (Scout and Amber).
  17. Reviewed by: Genevieve Koski
    Apr 17, 2014
    60
    True to its Disney lineage, Bears is a theme-park version of reality, but one built on sincere understanding of and affection for the natural world and all its creatures—especially the really cute ones.
  18. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Apr 18, 2014
    50
    The new Disneynature film lacks the fortuitous plot turns found in previous Disney documentaries, resulting in some awkward (and possibly deceptive) editing. But the movie has a strong protagonist and impressive footage, and the educational core is unsullied.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Apr 19, 2014
    8
    Bears are just so... grrr! But this movie has the most delicious narrator ever. And this make Bears look more grrr! So this was just mmmmmmmmm I love it Full Review »
  2. Apr 18, 2014
    8
    Bears in reality are vicious and tough, but in Disneynature's brand new documentary film, Bears, they still can have a sense of warmth, love, and parenthood. Furthermore, also attracts audiences by their sweetness, cuteness, and charm. Full Review »