Brave Reviews

  • Turns out to be much less about the qualities that mark a heroine built to interest a 21st-century audience of girls, boys, and accompanying adults, and much more about the complexities of mother-daughter relations.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • While the mother-daughter clashes may make the story "relatable," they drain it of its mythopoetic potential, turning what could have been a cool postmodern fairy tale into another family melodrama.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • It's a lively, psychologically astute tale filled with humanity, wit and charming performances.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Youngsters with a taste for adventure will no doubt overlook the movie's workmanlike outlines and applaud its spirited, self-reliant heroine, who proves to be as appealingly unruly as her tumble of Titian curls.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • We would expect this kind of overstuffed joyride from Dreamworks Animation or the folks at Fox or even Disney itself. But it's terribly ordinary for Pixar, and ordinary is no longer enough.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • The animation studio's first film with a female protagonist, a defiant lass who acts as a much-welcome corrective to retrograde Disney heroines of the past and the company's unstoppable pink-princess merchandising.

    Melissa Anderson — Village Voice

  • While co-directors Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman and Steve Purcell have successfully made a family action fantasy featuring a girl hero - a long-overdue revolution - the story is not as special as the princess inside it.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • It's enjoyable, consistently beautiful, fairly conventional, occasionally surprising and ultimately disappointing.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • It's a subpar story that seems to exist mainly to sell a new Disney Princess in the form of wild-haired Merida.

    Nancy Churnin — Dallas Morning News

  • Saying that Brave is entertaining but not astonishing is pretty much admitting your straight-A student got a B.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • ...what seemed a relatively conventional family film gets downright eccentric.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • The story, with its patchwork of plots (involving feuding clans and disastrous spells), holds together enough to thrill intermittently.

    Bruce Diones — New Yorker

  • The good news is that the kids will probably love it, and the bad news is that parents will be disappointed if they're hoping for another Pixar groundbreaker.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • "Brave" offers sweep, a few songs about touching the sky and following your dream and at heart a story of a daughter and a mother learning to cut through society's expectations.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The story for this revisionist fairy tale, which promotes contemporary attitudes about parenting and gender equality, is less inspired than usual for Pixar, but the movie upholds the studio's high standard of computer animation.

    Ben Sachs — Chicago Reader

  • Although Brave is satisfying and spirited and laced with humor (haggis jokes, kilt jokes), it doesn't quite mark a return to form for Pixar following the digital house's disappointing 12th feature, Cars 2.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The standout characters, exciting set pieces and memorable songs that we've come to expect are absent. The truest advertising tagline would be, "From the studio that brought you 'Cars 2.'"

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • "Brave" isn't a bull's-eye, but it's close enough.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • "Brave" is either a welcome throwback to old-time animated fairy tales -- albeit one with all the latest high-tech advantages -- or a stalling pattern for Pixar.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Adding a female director to its creative boys' club, the studio has fashioned a resonant tribute to mother-daughter relationships that packs a level of poignancy on par with such beloved male-bonding classics as Finding Nemo.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

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