(2012)

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80
Variety
Brave offers a tougher, more self-reliant heroine for an era in which princes aren't so charming, set in a sumptuously detailed Scottish environment where her spirit blazes bright as her fiery red hair.
80
In addition to being fast, funny, and unpretentious, Brave is a happy antidote to all the recent films in which women triumph by besting men at their own macho games.
80
Village Voice
The animation studio's first film with a female protagonist, a defiant lass who acts as a much-welcome corrective to retrograde Disney heroines of the past and the company's unstoppable pink-princess merchandising.
75
Merida may be a headstrong heroine, a feisty animated hybrid who calls to mind Katniss Everdeen, Bella Swan, and the neo-fairy-tale protagonist who faces off against her evil stepmother in "Snow White and the Huntsman." But she is also, for safety's sake, a nice girl in a pretty green dress who loves her family and believes in dynasty.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
Visually stunning and strongly voiced, but doesn't take any real risks.
70
Moms and girls everywhere deserve this movie, absolutely, and I hope they have a great time. But they also deserve much more, and much better.
70
You won't find a lot of jaw-dropping elements in Brave. But what you will find is really well-done.
50
Slant Magazine
Pixar's latest ultimately offers nothing more than a caricature of a well-worn conceit.
50
Boxoffice Magazine
There's no denying the film's refrain that legends are lessons, but Brave is sadly remedial.
40
This isn't the NASCAR-fellating cash grab that is the Cars franchise, but it's still Pixar on preachy autopilot.

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