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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Mother-daughter princess tale has some very scary scenes.

Movie PG 2012 100 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 156 parent reviews

age 8+

Scarier Than Usual For An Animated Movie

Brave is a very entertaining movie with a good message and plenty of life lessons. It is funny enough to keep older viewers amused, and cute enough so that kids will love it. However, much of the plot revolves around a 'scary' and evil bear, as well as a witch. Younger kids may very well find it disturbing. This is why I would recommend this only to kids 8 and up.
age 11+


The bear was scary and too much violence and shooting with arrows :(

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (156 ):
Kids say (154 ):

This movie a great mother-daughter tale -- it's just not quite the warrior princess story you might have hoped for. There's still a lot to love about Brave. The animation is breathtaking -- particularly Merida's blazing red curls, which are so detailed that you can imagine touching them strand by mesmerizing strand. But there's also the lush green and blue landscapes, the dark and majestic interiors, the haunting light of the blue will o' the wisps luring Merida deeper into the forest. And for once, a princess story stays centered on the princess' personal development rather than her romantic prospects. Plus, the acting is superb, thanks to the mostly Scottish ensemble unleashing their heaviest brogues. Most voice actors record their parts separately, so it's remarkable how beautifully Thompson and Macdonald interact. The emotion between mother and daughter is remarkably genuine and believably fraught; even when Elinor is in bear form, she's still fussing at Merida to get her weapon off their makeshift dinner table.

The only problem with Brave is that it doesn't quite live up to Pixar's own record of originality and sophistication. There's nothing terribly out of this world about the story -- it's simple and sweet but not "never seen before" like Toy Story, Finding Nemo, or WALL-E. And Merida, for all of her virtues, is still very much a self-absorbed teen trying to find the easy answer to her problems (relying on a spell to change your mother's mind is a hilariously bound-to-fail idea). Is it leagues above most other animated films in terms of artistry? Yes. Is Merida a worthy alternative to the stereotypical princess? Absolutely. But this isn't among Pixar's best, and that's a tiny bit of a disappointment.

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