No, not another Pixar classic, but for full-on family fun it's a brave effort.
- Trevor Johnston, Time Out, August 07, 2012
The story, with its patchwork of plots (involving feuding clans and disastrous spells), holds together enough to thrill intermittently.
- Bruce Diones, New Yorker, July 02, 2012
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, June 22, 2012
The tone is uneven and more often morose than joyful. The pacing is slow and at times almost tedious. The end result is something that feels like it was put together from a jumble of Disney clichés tacked onto the skeleton of Beauty and the Beast.
- James Berardinelli, ReelViews, June 22, 2012
Saying that Brave is entertaining but not astonishing is pretty much admitting your straight-A student got a B.
- Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, June 22, 2012
It's a safe experience; but safe, in this case, is better than sorry.
- Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, June 22, 2012
The Pixar name used to mean something. And it never quite meant pleasantly safe, safely forgettable movies like this.
- Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, June 22, 2012
What we get would be fine from another studio, but too safe and familiar for Pixar.
- Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, June 22, 2012
"Brave" isn't a bull's-eye, but it's close enough.
- Tom Long, Detroit News, June 22, 2012
This Celtic-themed story hews so closely to classic fairy-tale tropes, it's the studio's most Disney-fied production yet.
- Sara Stewart, New York Post, June 22, 2012
Youngsters with a taste for adventure will no doubt overlook the movie's workmanlike outlines and applaud its spirited, self-reliant heroine, who proves to be as appealingly unruly as her tumble of Titian curls.
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, June 22, 2012
"Brave" is easy to like but hard to love, a feel-good fable with the latest bells and whistles.
- Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 22, 2012
It's a lively, psychologically astute tale filled with humanity, wit and charming performances.
- Claudia Puig, USA Today, June 21, 2012
It's a subpar story that seems to exist mainly to sell a new Disney Princess in the form of wild-haired Merida.
- Nancy Churnin, Dallas Morning News, June 21, 2012
A charming but weightless adventure tale.
- Eric D. Snider, Film.com, June 21, 2012
In terms of story and emotional power, "Brave" comes up short.
- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, June 21, 2012
If the Walt Disney Studios logo were the only one on "Brave," this film's impeccable visuals and valiant heroine would be enough to call it a success.
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, June 21, 2012
The main problem is that Merida craves adventure but Brave limits her to mother-daughter psychodrama.
- Rafer Guzman, Newsday, November 18, 2013
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, November 18, 2013
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, November 18, 2013