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Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane). Merida's actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch (Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The main problem is that Merida craves adventure but Brave limits her to mother-daughter psychodrama."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"No, not another Pixar classic, but for full-on family fun it's a brave effort."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Pixar's 13th full-length film is the studio's first to feature a female as its central character, and a memorable creation she is, too."
‑ Brian Pendreigh, Radio Times
"Brave starts as a light and airy fable, but its mood rapidly turns Brothers Grimm dark and delivers a resounding moral of personal responsibility and consequences for actions."
‑ Kirk Baird, Toledo Blade
"The plot - involving a wicked witch, an endangered parent and a race to reverse a spell - is decidedly oxidized. Even the young girl's unruly mane is the color of rust. But the animation is pure state of the art."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"By the climax, at which all right-thinking viewers will have dissolved in a puddle of warm appreciation, the new Pixar film has earned two cheers and a big bear hug."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"The story, with its patchwork of plots (involving feuding clans and disastrous spells), holds together enough to thrill intermittently."
‑ Bruce Diones, New Yorker
"Brave continues the Pixar tradition of blazing new mythical trails. And Merida is perfect as a princess with no pre-feminist baggage to apologize for."
‑ Chris Knight, National Post
"It practically goes without saying that the animation in Brave is frequently breathtaking."
‑ Jason Buchanan, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The movie's thoughtful depiction of the mother-daughter bond is female-forward enough to mark "Brave" as special."
‑ Carla Meyer, Sacramento Bee
"The story for this revisionist fairy tale, which promotes contemporary attitudes about parenting and gender equality, is less inspired than usual for Pixar, but the movie upholds the studio's high standard of computer animation."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"Though it falls short of the studio's best in many respects, Brave is ravishing to look at. Merida's carrot corona is alone worth the price of admission."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"You kinda wish Pixar would have taken some inspiration from the title of Brave, its newest animated feature, and pushed the envelope a bit."
‑ Dale Roe, Austin American-Statesman
"To see a Pixar movie this sloppy, conventional, and slipshod is downright flabbergasting."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Courage, independence and family are all beautifully brought to life by Pixar."
‑ Tom Glasson, Concrete Playground
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