“"I Want My Freedom!..."”
“This Was A Good Movie But It Seemed To Be Missing The Magic Of Other Pixar Movies.”
“View This Masterpiece And Love It And Cherish It And Have Your Heart Strings Pulled. Delightful, Pixar One-Pixar-One-who Shall Win?”
“Brave Is Another Stunningly Beautiful Film By Pixar, Showcasing A World Of Legends In Such A Way That It Becomes Instantly Engrossing.”
“Great Visuals, Message To Live By”
“Brave May Not Be In The Same Leauge As Finding Nemo, But It Tells A Familiar Story Of Mother And Daughter And Traditional Values That The Ladies Of The Family Household Can Enjoy Together”
“"Cars 2 Was Decent, But Left Me Nervous As To Pixar's Future. Brave Has Put All Those Fears To Rest."”
“Not As Uplifting As 'Up" But Entertaining For The Kids”
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
Unsatisfying for all ages.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Eschews the genre's trademark reliance on facile, saccharine moralism in favour of the robust, no-nonsense and heartfelt nonconformity that runs through all the studio's best efforts.
Ben Child - Guardian [UK]
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
In addition to being fast, funny, and unpretentious, Brave is a happy antidote to all the recent films in which women triumph by besting men at their own macho games...
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
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
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
This Celtic-themed story hews so closely to classic fairy-tale tropes, it's the studio's most Disney-fied production yet.
Sara Stewart - New York Post
Unusual for Pixar, Brave follows an entirely predictable trajectory, but it's not without its amusements.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
A charming but weightless adventure tale.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
...the problem with creating so many innovative and memorable movies: when you do something that's "merely" pretty good, it feels like a letdown.
Leonard Maltin - indieWIRE
Pixar, a once-complex house of stories, has been downgraded to the happy meal alternative: "Brave" is a movie for six-year-olds.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
What we get would be fine from another studio, but too safe and familiar for Pixar.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Moms and girls everywhere deserve this movie, absolutely, and I hope they have a great time. But they also deserve much more, and much better.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
I really hope that people will give this imaginative little fairy tale a chance, and I can't wait to show it to my 6-year-old daughter.
Dana Stevens - Slate
The tone is uneven and more often morose than joyful. The pacing is slow and at times almost tedious. The end result is something that feels like it was put together from a jumble of Disney cliches tacked onto the skeleton of Beauty and the Beast.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A film that starts off big and promising but diminishes into a rather wee thing as it chugs along, with climactic drama that is both too conveniently wrapped up and hinges on magical elements that are somewhat confusing to boot.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
Pixar is long overdue for a feature with a strong female character at its center. Now that she's arrived, it's clear that she deserves better.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Brave is a rousing, gorgeously animated good time.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Gorgeous visuals, terrific message, but a decidedly second-tier plot and not a single unforgettable character.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
If the Walt Disney Studios logo were the only one on "Brave," this film's impeccable visuals and valiant heroine would be enough to call it a success.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Courage, independence and family are all beautifully brought to life by Pixar.
Tom Glasson - Concrete Playground
Although the previews would have you believe that the film was an epic journey for the flame-haired firebrand, we are really treated (or deprived, depending on expectation) to a humble, small scale morality play.
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
The freedom quest of a feisty Celtic princess with a jungle of wild red hair.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
"Brave" is the first foray in fairytale storytelling for "Pixar," and their first contribution to the growing pantheon of Disney princesses. It works so well that we can safely assume that it won't be the last fairytale coming out of Emeryville.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
The hopping lamp gang has done it again, giving birth to a sharp, fresh fairy tale that in the pantheon of Pixar releases may not go down as a centerpiece, but comes close enough to the bullseye to sate moviegoing subjects kingdom-wide.
Erick Weber - NECN
Steps outside the boundaries of what seems like a rather conventional tale at the outset, and subsequently elevates itself into something else entirely.
Steve Wright - SciFiNow
A marvellous magical adventure, that'll perhaps stand the test of time even better than some of Pixar's movies we right now call classics.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
While Brave is a mile ahead of other animated features hitting our screens, it does feel like a lesser Pixar work.
Adam Ross - The Aristocrat
While it doesn't break a lot of new ground, Brave is a beautiful and competent entry in Disney's robust fairytale film pedigree.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
Kids will probably enjoy it for its beautiful design, but the adults in the audience will probably be wondering why Pixar decided to skimp on the story this time around.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
A film that truly lives up to its name, Brave gives animated princesses a much-needed reboot.
Kristal Cooper - We Got This Covered
Overflowing with heart, vibrant color, thrilling adventure, and with a bold new protagonist to add to the Disney canon, Pixar's "Brave" is a wonderfully unique spin on the classic princess tale.
Justin Craig - FoxNews.com
The film's real strength is in the central relationship, which pays off in a way that's far more delicate and complex than most animated films would dare
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
In many respects, it's one of the most mature animated films to come out of Disney or Pixar in their long, storied careers.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline