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Based on 20 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 10 )
  • 50
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

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

  • 80
    New York Daily News

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

  • 70
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

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

  • 70
    Alonso Duralde TheWrap

    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. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    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. show more

  • 63
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    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). show more

  • 63
    Tom Russo Boston Globe

    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. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    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. show more

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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. show more

  • May 17, 2014 judy perez
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    This is not a film worthy of Disney. Story line is weak, you've seen better on TV. Which is where this firm will land. The narration is particularly bad, geared only for the young viewer. Disney you can do better.

  • April 26, 2014 ajewole
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    wow you really get grasped by the tedious climmax while mesmerized by the uncertain outcome

  • April 24, 2014 tangopablo1
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    out of this world photography! Great candid shots of bear family. Not just a kids movie!

  • April 23, 2014 pz00000000191434
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    This is an excellent movie. I have always been a fan of disneynature films, but I think this one may be my favorite. It was beautifully shot and gave me a much better appreciation of what these impressive animals have to do to stay alive. It has a happy ending and my children also loved it.

  • April 21, 2014 yz00000000191680
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    great movie. Informative, funny, entertaining and beautiful. The perfect family movie, my five year old loved it.

  • April 20, 2014 spivinsink
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    While working in Richmond Va a few years ago, some idiot father lifted his infant boy over the railing of the bear compound, and the child was injured. The keepers were forced to execute the bear! It is hoped that this film might enlighten other potentially irresponsible parents.

  • April 19, 2014 John
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    Very cute movie. Of course it has a happy ending! It's Disney. I enjoyed it very much.

  • April 19, 2014 bdyftns
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    This just shows how horrible movies have been lately when they put a documentary about bears at your local theater. Something you can see on TV about once a month. Sad.

  • April 19, 2014 Quennie Jeannie
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    Do any of the babies die or mom? Want to know before I take my little grand kids..

  • April 16, 2014 hips4u
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    What appropriate timing for this movie. People in Lake Mary, FL cannot keep their garbage sealed, so, 7 bears are put to death to prevent attacks on homeowners. Hopefully this movie will provoke some dialogue about living with nature.

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