Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 23
  2. Negative: 11 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Dec 16, 2010
    75
    This is a cute movie, a kid's movie, and a rather good one.
  2. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Dec 17, 2010
    50
    None of the three screenwriters strained himself with effort. But the relative lack of coarseness and snark may come as a surprising relief, even to 21st-century audiences.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Dec 16, 2010
    25
    Picture Timberlake in the booth recording his lines and you have the best joke in the movie. Everything else is actively painful, a frenetic, unfunny mix of action, romance, dud dialogue, and icky things popping out of the screen.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Dec 16, 2010
    38
    Yogi Bear is a big boo-boo.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Dec 16, 2010
    25
    The best that could be said of Yogi Bear is that it doesn't diminish its source material.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Dec 16, 2010
    25
    Yogi Bear gives cheap hackwork a bad name. Which is a shame, because hackwork made this industry.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Dec 17, 2010
    38
    Cavanagh, the always-engaging former star of "Ed" (with whom I am friendly), and the adorable Faris (whom I don't know -- but feel free to look me up, Anna!) make the non-animated scenes amusing, as the ranger and the documentarian fall in love and fight to save the park. But the script doesn't give them a lot to do.
  8. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Dec 13, 2010
    50
    Yogi is still smarter than the average bear, but Yogi Bear is much less smart than most of the year's kid-friendly cartoons.
  9. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Dec 15, 2010
    25
    The best you can say about this Yogi Bear is that he's harmless. No animal was harmed in the making of this picture except the one Hanna-Barbera made a bundle on almost 50 years ago.
  10. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Dec 17, 2010
    50
    Here, Dan Aykroyd mimics the original voice, but the three-dimensional CGI isn't loose and lively enough to compensate for the unimaginative story.
  11. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Dec 14, 2010
    20
    Yogi Bear on the big screen feels not just needless, but wasteful.
  12. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Dec 17, 2010
    50
    Clearly, Brevig's past as a visual effects maestro had him focusing more on the look of Yogi Bear than on crafting anything resembling a clever narrative.
  13. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Dec 13, 2010
    50
    A bland and innocuous small-fry outing that retains a measure of the original Hanna-Barbera cartoon's charm, though scarcely enough to justify the time, expense and visual-effects trickery it must have taken to inflate an endearing 2D cartoon into a dopey 3D extravaganza.
  14. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Dec 15, 2010
    25
    A smarter-than-average bear becomes a dumber-than-usual kiddie flick with Yogi Bear, the lone Christmas release specifically aimed at children, so it automatically qualifies as their lump of coal.
  15. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Dec 14, 2010
    60
    Adults will be thrilled to see Anna Faris as nature documentarian Rachel. Greeting Yogi by speaking in "brown bear," the actress never fails to be seriously goofy.
  16. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Dec 15, 2010
    55
    On the whole the film is not much fun to watch. A job is a job, though; Yogi Bear did little to make it more than that.
  17. 50
    While the outdoor sequences were filmed in New Zealand's Woodhill State Forest – the movie's most stunning 3-D moments – Yogi Bear does feature notable "Canadian content" via two Ottawa-born thespians.
  18. 20
    Even the presence of Dan Aykroyd as Yogi and Justin Timberlake as his pint-sized straight man Boo Boo, couldn't save the movie.
  19. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Dec 16, 2010
    40
    There's exactly one thing about the misbegotten big-screen Yogi Bear that might make you think back with any fondness to the Hanna-Barbera cartoons on which it's based. That would be Justin Timberlake's charming performance as the voice of Boo-Boo Bear.
  20. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    Dec 15, 2010
    67
    There's nothing particularly inventive in the plot or grade-school humor, but the movie skates by on the timeless, undemanding charm of watching a tie-wearing bear try to steal people's lunches.
  21. Reviewed by: Dan Kois
    Dec 16, 2010
    38
    An uninspired studio product that demands as little from the audience as it did from its writers, directors and actors.
  22. Reviewed by: Nick de Semlyen
    Feb 7, 2011
    40
    The wee'uns may enjoy the forest-based capers but for adults this is no pickernick.
User Score
4.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 68 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 32
  2. Negative: 14 out of 32
  1. Oct 1, 2011
    3
    Oh please. "Yogi Bear" is terrible film with nothing useful. From acting (oh I forgot, there IS no acting) to story, everything tastes extremely bland. Just... just don't watch it. It's meaningless as hell. Full Review »
  2. Dec 17, 2010
    1
    Oh my God. What were they thinking. I didn't expect an Oscar caliber movie, but certainly better than this. Anyone over the age of 5 will be looking for the exit after about 5 minutes of this crap. Full Review »
  3. Jun 30, 2012
    6
    This was not very great. But it is still very entertaining and if you have a good sense of humor you will definitely love this movie. The only thing is DO NOT expect it to be a four star movie. Full Review »