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Family . Documentary

A documentary that follows an Alaskan bear family as its young cubs are taught life's most important lessons.

Actors: Victoria Naumova , John C. Reilly
Directors: Alastair Fothergill , Keith Scholey
Country: USA
Release: 2014-04-18
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  • Adam Markovitz

    There's an elemental appeal to watching these animals hunt and play in the Alaskan wildnerness, and the Disneynature team has mastered the art of capturing it.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Drew Taylor

    What's amazing about the documentary, though, is that it's oftentimes just as engaging as the Disney bears that play in jug bands or crave ooey-gooey honey.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Chris Packham

    Sincere and unexpectedly good.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    A three-act story narrated by the affable John C. Reilly is grafted onto one “How’d they get that?” shot after another.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Sandie Angulo Chen

    The spectacular cinematography (which took a year to capture), the sometimes silly and sentimental narration, and the alternately cutesy and menacing score are all used to showcase the dramatic lengths the wildlife kingdom’s most famously protective mother will go to provide for her cubs.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    It has lighthearted moments, but is also suspenseful at the right times.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    It’s gorgeous, intimate and beautifully photographed. And it’s cute and kid-friendly, with just enough jokes to balance the drama that comes from any film that flirts with how dangerous and unforgiving The Wild actually is.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    The Disneynature movies shouldn't be mistaken for traditional documentary, but if they act as a gateway drug for young children to learn more about the animal kingdom — and to open themselves up to more informative non-fiction cinema — then the films are serving a real purpose.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Nicolas Rapold

    Despite the bracing beauty of the wilderness, and the respite provided by cubs at play, the movie is primarily a sobering treatise on survival.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Kerry Lengel

    The cuteness, of course, is just the lure. The real payoff is the unforgettable images of nature in its astonishing abundance and awesome austerity.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Martin Tsai

    Bears has warmth and fuzziness in spades, especially when the lot of them snoozes on logs. Amid its heaping serving of cuddliness, though, the film doesn't sugarcoat the harsh reality and unforgiving elements with which the bears have to contend.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    Disneynature’s Bears combines sweeping vistas and remarkably intimate wildlife photography to typically stirring effect.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Andrew Barker

    Surely some of the film’s various incidents have been creatively stitched together from stray bits and pieces of footage, but its central conflict is an entirely organic one, and rarely is any offscreen string pulling distractingly evident.

    Variety Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Some of the most striking moments in Bears are during the film’s closing credits, when we see how alarmingly close the camera crew was to the animals. We’re reminded us that while the movie Bears is both sweet and humane, the real bears are neither.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    Bears also features nearly wall-to-wall voiceover, but this time it comes courtesy of John C. Reilly. His inherently likable, goofy sweetness shines through, making the material, um, bearable, if you will. Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The "nature" aspects of Bears are undercut by the need to turn this into a live-action Disney cartoon, complete with cuddly heroes and nasty villains.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    As with all of Disneynature’s features, there’s astonishing documentary work on display in Bears — but a leaner, less conspicuously structured view of the wild might have had even greater impact.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    This is one of those nature documentaries that’s pretty much solely interested in being entertaining, and so is cleverly edited to look like the linear story of a mother (dubbed Sky) and her newborns (Scout and Amber).

    New York Post Full Review
  • Genevieve Koski

    True to its Disney lineage, Bears is a theme-park version of reality, but one built on sincere understanding of and affection for the natural world and all its creatures—especially the really cute ones.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    The new Disneynature film lacks the fortuitous plot turns found in previous Disney documentaries, resulting in some awkward (and possibly deceptive) editing. But the movie has a strong protagonist and impressive footage, and the educational core is unsullied.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
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