The Country Bears


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 21
  2. Negative: 7 out of 21

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Critic Reviews

  1. New Times (L.A.)
    Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    This film is just too damn weird to pass up, and for the blacklight crowd, way cheaper (and better) than Pink Floyd tickets.
  2. 63
    If the other theme-park movies are as appealing, go ahead, bring 'em on.
  3. 63
    Two stars for adults -- 3 stars for kids. The under-5 set should take to The Country Bears like bears to honey - even if anyone much older will find this broad-as-a-barn-door Disney musical bear-ly tolerable.
  4. After a while, the only way for a reasonably intelligent person to get through The Country Bears is to ponder how a whole segment of pop-music history has been allowed to get wet, fuzzy and sticky.
  5. It's sort of an ursine ''The Last Waltz,'' with more costumes and no direction from Martin Scorsese.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Toddlers and pre-teens will be entertained, and parents will be pleasantly surprised, by this more-than-just-bearable musical road movie.
  7. If you're looking to take your children to something harmless, that doesn't embarrass anyone, this light comedy (a gentle parody of those "Behind the Music" specials on cable TV) is your next outing.
  8. 50
    It's hard to figure who the movie is intended for. In shape and purpose, it's like a G-rated version of "This Is Spinal Tap," but will its wee target audience understand the joke?
  9. 50
    It makes no sense, but then again neither does much of anything in The Country Bears.
  10. Most of the resulting film is downright bizarre. Which, as it turns out, is not entirely to its disadvantage.
  11. Sandwiched between the musical numbers are an eclectic assorment of cameos, including Willie Nelson, Queen Latifa and Elton John. The funniest one comes during the closing credits, when the rapper Xzibit testifies that the Country Bears were a formative influence on hip-hop, certainly something the Eagles could never claim.
  12. Unfortunately, the humans only have scripts to support them. So for every bear triumph, Country Bears also features cliched jokes, corny sentiment, ludicrous shtick and the most flabbergasting set of star cameos since Martha Stewart and Michael Jackson wandered into "Men in Black II."
  13. 40
    It has the courage to feature some refreshingly lousy bear costumes, but the film seems likely to send most kids tugging at sleeves for the cinematic equivalent of Space Mountain.
  14. 38
    The music and the stars aren't enough to save the movie.
  15. 30
    Kids will probably enjoy the sight of huge, bumbling teddy bears -- Parents will exit wondering why this piece of unnecessary cross-promotion wasn't released straight to video.
  16. An unintentionally surreal kid's picture.
  17. 20
    If you're looking for some good family interspecies entertainment, take the little ones to see "Stuart Little 2" again; in the meantime, you might want to crawl into your cave and sleep through this one.
  18. The unaddressed incongruities are as stupefying as the music.
  19. 0
    This is either one of the best “head” films of all time or one of the worst examples of Disneyfied opportunism to come down the pike in years. I'd like to think it was the former, really I would, but somehow I suspect otherwise.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. TheresaS.
    Jun 6, 2007
    While I found it entertaining, my 4 year old can't get enough. We ran into it on the Disney Channel and I've spent about a week While I found it entertaining, my 4 year old can't get enough. We ran into it on the Disney Channel and I've spent about a week trying to find a copy for her. I ended up ordering it from the local bookstore. Like another reader stated, my daughter would give this her version of an Oscar! Full Review »
  2. PeteG.
    Apr 18, 2006
    I actaully enjoyed it and the music - mostly John Hiatt is fun. I watch it now and then with my two youngnboys and we get a kick out of it.