Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 28
  2. Negative: 4 out of 28
  1. 38
    An uninspired recycling of themes that were far more gripping in "The Lion King" and countless other earlier Mouse House classics.
  2. Lackluster in narrative and in no way original or innovative, the movie is pretty much generic Disney, a film about universal brotherhood stitched together from parts that worked better in other films.
  3. 30
    Today's street-smart moviegoing kids don't need to be so shamelessly pandered to.
  4. The characters are mechanisms who move along the plot arc from Point A to Point B. They’re not particularly memorable individuals.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 64 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. Dec 30, 2011
    3
    It has a great soundtrack, it is gentle and it means well, but sadly it is too predictable to pass as a good movie and it follows up on itsIt has a great soundtrack, it is gentle and it means well, but sadly it is too predictable to pass as a good movie and it follows up on its bad voice acting and so and so animation. Brother Bear is a very weak Disney effort. I give this movie 28%. Full Review »
  2. PaulaW.
    Nov 12, 2003
    8
    The poor reviews are hard to understand. Brother Bear is a kid's movie, and as a kid's movie it is great. It's got endearing The poor reviews are hard to understand. Brother Bear is a kid's movie, and as a kid's movie it is great. It's got endearing characters, lots of cute animals, and gorgeously animated scenery. The moose provide comic relief, and the moral of the story is a nice lesson about maturity. Just one caveat: the hunting scenes were a little too intense for the 27-month old who saw it with me, even though there is no actual gore. Oh, and the Phil Collins songs are skippable. I actually enjoyed this more than The Lion King, which to me seemed to be trying too hard to bring the adults in with a story that nevertheless remains kiddie-level. I also liked it better than Shrek, which just annoyed me with its precocious attempt at hipness. It was more heartwarming and aesthetically pleasing than Ice Age. It didn't have the clever charm of Lilo and Stitch, but I don't think kids really need that. There's plenty of time for cleverness and snark later in life. Let kids be kids - take them to see Brother Bear. Full Review »
  3. Aug 17, 2014
    4
    Another nature-themed film by Disney, "Brother Bear" feels too similar to "The Lion King" and even its interesting characters seem tooAnother nature-themed film by Disney, "Brother Bear" feels too similar to "The Lion King" and even its interesting characters seem too commonplace. More like an attempt to keep the Disney brand alive and make some money without Pixar's help. Full Review »