Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 80
    Bear Cub casually pulls off an amazing feat--combining innocent childhood nostalgia and graphic sexuality.
  2. Reviewed by: Jessica Reaves
    The audience gets all of the love, with none of the guilt. It's enough to give you faith in family dramas again.
  3. A compassionate, life-affirming Spanish comedy-drama.
  4. 75
    Cachorro's main flaw is in its ending, which seems somewhat abrupt and unfinished, but these characters have become so endearing by then that it hardly seems to matter.
  5. The film's ambitions are laudable, and it manages to be touching, funny and true to life. It seems ungrateful to ask for anything more.
  6. 70
    Isn’t just a "gay movie." There are just gay people in it. Anyone can get into this lovable film.
  7. Moves deftly from a wry and affectionate father-son bonding comedy to wrenching drama.
  8. At the end, Bear Cub does have a brush with sentimentality. But by then, its integrity and low-key truthfulness has been certified in a dozen different ways.
  9. 70
    Taking a seed of an idea and nurturing it into a fable about moral hypocrisy, Bearcub substantiates prolific Spanish helmer Miguel Albaladejo's rep for well-observed, character-based dramas with an offbeat twist and a potent emotional undertow.
  10. 63
    Pedro is what a friend of mine calls a ''macho Iberico," which refers to a certain type of cocky, insensitive Spanish man.
  11. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Bearded, burly and even balding, these "bears" are a refreshing change from the depilated, youth-obsessed men of "Queer as Folk."
  12. Reviewed by: Jorge Morales
    Much smarter than the average comedy.
  13. Has a refreshingly original attitude.
  14. 50
    If you're thinking of taking the kids to Bear Cub because the title sounds like something they'd enjoy -- don't!
  15. 50
    Albaladejo turns his film into a banal, mildly entertaining trifle of affirmation, eliciting a shrug more than any real emotion.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. JimG.
    Jun 27, 2006
    A moving story about a mother, an uncle, and a grandmother and their love for a child. And, at last, a "gay and lesbian" movie where gayness is incidental to the plot rather than the focus of it. Full Review »