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  • Summary: Disneynature's new true life adventure showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life's most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting-but risky-as the cubs' playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food-ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run-while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf. [Disneynature] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    Apr 17, 2014
    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: Chris Packham
    Apr 22, 2014
    Sincere and unexpectedly good.
  3. Reviewed by: Sandie Angulo Chen
    Apr 17, 2014
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Apr 14, 2014
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Martin Tsai
    Apr 17, 2014
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Apr 18, 2014
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Apr 18, 2014
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. May 5, 2014
    Good movie. Very funny and cute movie. This movie will teach you some things about bears, my favorite animal. Bears like to eat much good food and lay around all day. A bear's life is the life for me. Expand
  2. Apr 26, 2014
    Wow! These user reviews are useful aren't they? Mine too...... LOLZ!! Look at coolguy's one! It seems to be the most serious of the four user reviews and yet, ironically, says absolutely nothing. Classic. Firstly how do you know what bears, without any qualification in your statement, are really like? And if they are indeed 'still those other things' then they are all those things. Basically you could have said, "This is a movie about bears, who are many things." Great!! LOLZ!! I'll inform the fu**ing media.... Expand
  3. Apr 18, 2014
    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. Expand
  4. May 13, 2014
    This movie is mostly for bear lovers. The photography is outstanding. The bears and landscape are lovely. A refreshing change from story-driven films, it just follows them around and seems to let whatever would happen, happen. It keeps teasing you that bad things are happening or about to happen, and it makes you wonder if the crew intervened to prevent animal killings from happening. The narration is mostly ok, but gets silly. Expand
  5. May 16, 2014
    Very well shot interesting movie with everything you need to know about Bears. I for one am not the animal lover but this really got me thinking. On a very bad note John c Riely doing the narrating was a very bad choice. If your 12 and under, the wise cracking nonsense that John C spits out is amusing otherwise its cringe worthy most of the time. Overall the drama was good, the scenes were amazing, and the Bears were fun to watch. Expand
  6. Apr 26, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. this movie was alright, but there were too many bears................................................................................................. Expand
  7. May 6, 2014
    Bears are godless killing machines plain and simple. They are the greatest threat to american freedom and prosperity. They lie cheat kill and steal whatever they please. But no the lame stream media says that bears are only agressive if they feel "threatened" or "are protecting their safety" This is a load of crap. If you feel so threatened maybe you should have five in claws and stand eight feet tall. Oh wait bears already do. This film also proclaims that the bear cubs are harmless creatures being protected and cared for by their mothers. Well sir I say that when that bear grows up and flips your camper van over and steals all of your food you will get no sympathy from me.
    This film lies.

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