Parents' Guide to

Two Brothers

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Stunningly beautiful, but too intense for little kids.

Movie PG 2004 109 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 6+

A True Underrated Masterpiece!

I first watched it when I was a child myself and it made an unforgettable lasting impression on me, to the point I searched it out as an adult from the few scenes I could remember. The exquisite temple, the wildlife scenes, the different cultures, also the touch of harsh reality, & the PLOT! It used to be my second favorite after Baby's day out, back in the day; it's that kind of underrated masterpiece. Most kids these days are too action-biased, from video games to marvel movies. But a touch of nature, valuable life lessons from this movie will do them good, I believe. Because the characters of the two tigers (the titular two brothers) are so heart-wrenching, and the acting was brilliantly directed to properly portray the plot with no need for much script, and I loved it. I still love it. It'll eternally be one of my favorite movies. (As for the tiger s*x scene it starts with, when I watched it as a kid, I didn't even know what i was watching, and once the plot started, I didn't much care either. The story and the ending were worth everything else.)
age 6+

Too slow for younger kids

While my wife and I were keen to watch this. Our 6 and 8 year olds lost interest. They tried to hang in there. We lasted about 15 minutes before they bailed. No action. The lions didn't 'talk' - or at least as far as we got. Kids weren't interested in the rather long auction scene at the beginning and they ultimately concluded that it was a documentary instead of a story. So. While it may very well be good (we don't know because we never got that far in), I think its better for older kids willing to wait for the story to begin.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Two Brothers is the story of magnificent creatures gorgeously photographed in a story that is quietly told and genuinely touching. The images are stunningly beautiful, with breathtaking close-ups of the twin tigers, who are expressive and moving both as frisky cubs and as adults. The story is truly told from their point of view, with long spaces of no dialogue. It's a true gift to see a story that trusts its audience enough to let them discover the story for themselves and that understands the eloquence of silence.

The human characters are vivid enough to give the story more depth and context, but not so much that they interfere with the fairy-tale like journey of the heroes of the movie, Sangha and Kumal.

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