Two Brothers


Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27

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Critic Reviews

  1. 90
    Annaud presents a meticulously structured fable about the importance of family, particularly the relationship of fathers and sons, to both man and beast.
  2. 88
    There's something simple yet miraculous about watching these beautiful animals interact with the wild and each other, even if their actions are being manipulated for the sake of drama. Annaud has taken his film's message to heart: He knows when to get out of nature's way.
  3. That Annaud and his deft production team create believable dramatic characters without compromising the dignity of the animals they've borrowed as stars -- is the striking (and sometimes unnerving) achievement of a film that also swoops and loops through fairytale hoops.
  4. Reviewed by: David Ng
    As in "The Bear," Annaud eschews animal voice-over and visual F/X in favor of live, almost wordless action. The result is the humanization of animals and the animalization of humans.
  5. Tigers are such rare and beautiful creatures that you could just film them running around an enclosure for an hour or so and many would pay to see it. Annaud adds much more, and has made a compelling story that's truly for the whole family, without being overly sentimental.
  6. Only the tigers, beautiful and dangerous, maintain their integrity. By staying true to themselves, they make nothing else matter.
  7. 80
    The result is that virtual oxymoron, an intelligent family film.
  8. Watching them, you realize how far computers still have to go in accurately depicting the play of muscles as beasts run, crouch and leap. Though Annaud doesn't cut to them for cute reaction shots, as weak directors do, the tigers show near-human fears and affections.
  9. The animal action is often gripping and suspenseful. As a whole, a giant step beyond Annaud's earlier animal movie, "The Bear," a more gimmicky film of 1988.
  10. The kind of movie that kids used to flock to on Saturday afternoons in the forties and fifties.
  11. Annaud is a filmmaker who often works with a bare minimum of dialogue. Yet his storytelling is so strong and emotional that words are barely necessary.
  12. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    Combo of some stunning animal direction (courtesy of ace trainer Thierry Le Portier) and exotic period setting somewhere in French colonial Indochina charms when the quadripeds stalk the action but creaks when the bipeds open their mouths.
  13. Yes, it's all terribly hokey. But once you accept the premise as a conceit that allows the director, Jean-Jacques Annaud, to offer an intimate, utopian vision of the animal kingdom, Two Brothers succeeds as an inspirational pastorale and passionate moral brief for animal rights and preservation.
  14. In the best tradition of Annaud's work, Two Brothers works as an engrossing outdoor adventure and quasi-documentary.
  15. The film’s simplest pleasure is its naturalism – the illusion it creates of observing the animals undetected.
  16. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Honors the power and beauty of these beasts even as it underscores the cultured savagery of the men who are crowding them out.
  17. 63
    The result is a reassuring fairy tale that will fascinate children and has moments of natural beauty for their parents, but makes the tigers approximately as realistic as the animals in "The Lion King."
  18. 63
    The movie's ''bless the beasts and the children'' moralizing is simplistic and skews a wee bit too young, but it's hard to fault a film whose greatest vice is sentimentalizing an animal humans have pushed almost to the brink of extinction.
  19. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Borderline amazing and borderline dull at the same time.
  20. 60
    Some of the film's more violent scenes may be inappropriate for young and/or sensitive children.
  21. 60
    Good-natured, old-fashioned family entertainment, but Two Brothers never quite manages to strike a successful balance between fantasy and reality.
  22. 50
    Despite the cunning mixture of live-action footage and animatronic effects in Two Brothers, there's more imagination and wonder in a good old Sabu picture like "The Jungle Book" (1942). Two Brothers is more like a tacky jungle comic book.
  23. The result is schizophrenic, an uplifting film that's truly depressing, a movie about cruelty that tries to be fluffy.
  24. 40
    The tiger footage in Two Brothers would make for a solid nature documentary, but because the animals are shoehorned into a narrative, they've been anthropomorphized to death.
  25. The story, which features an apparently lobotomized Guy Pearce as an opportunistic explorer and hunter who learns the errors of his ways, is deeply dull.
  26. 30
    Unless you're a lover of tigers, there's probably no reason to see Jean-Jacques Annaud's Two Brothers. And maybe not even then.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. May 9, 2013
    Two brothers will have a very simple story but manages to make us reflect on the cruelty of men and helping each other how they will tackleTwo brothers will have a very simple story but manages to make us reflect on the cruelty of men and helping each other how they will tackle the barriers. Full Review »
  2. Oct 17, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. one of the best movie i've seen in years..good story ...good acting by the cast...and best of all the two brothers....the two tigers....a very underrated movie Full Review »
  3. AnthonyD.
    Dec 31, 2005
    I my Self found the movie to be first class and well done it helps to eduacte people about tigers and why they should be protected. The I my Self found the movie to be first class and well done it helps to eduacte people about tigers and why they should be protected. The Acting was excellent by all the cast as well as the tigers them self if you have never seen this video I can recconend it to all you will love it. Full Review »