Parents' Guide to

The Great Bear

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Captivating, moving tale with scares; best for older kids.

Movie PG 2014 73 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 9+

kind of okay

it has some scary parts in it. And it is kind of sad. It has some violence I don't approve of. there are guns in the movie and hunters. I like the sister because she is really sassy to the brother and really nice to the bear.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 7+

Engrossing and enjoyable

I watched this film with my two girls, 8 and 10. The eldest is sensitive about violence so I was expecting a few reactions but nothing. We thoroughly enjoyed this film, it was engrossing and original. The relationship between siblings is realistic and not unnecessarily aggressive. There is nothing shocking in this film, I would even say younger kids can watch it, no problems. Even if you like to wrap your kids in cotton wool, this film is harmless and enjoyable.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (6):
Kids say: Not yet rated

It took a few years for this quietly stunning Danish adventure to find a U.S. distributor, but it's been well worth the wait. Not as fast-paced and comic as many of the homegrown CGI products, it's closer in spirit to Japanese anime films. The underlying messages, the originality, and the well-developed characterizations make this a special film. The animation is distinctive as well, beautifully rendering the forest and nature, especially the bear. It's a film for kids who are comfortable with some scares and intensity; the suspenseful and violent scenes are, indeed, suspenseful and violent but never gratuitously. Highly recommended for families with older kids and tweens who like to watch innovative, engaging movies together.

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