"Brave" Is Settling at 74% on Rotten Tomatoes; Good, But Still Pixar's Second Worst-Reviewed Film
Excluding the two “Cars” movies, Pixar’s films had averaged in the high 90s on Rotten Tomatoes, which was unheard of for a film studio. Each time they released a film, it was expected to be on critics’ year-end lists and to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
At 74%, “Brave” ties with “Cars” as Pixar’s second worst-reviewed film. Most studios would be happy with a 74% movie, but not if they’re Pixar.
I don’t expect to see “Brave” on any critic’s top 10 list at the end of the year. It might still get nominated for an Oscar, but it's not a sure thing to win. “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” (76%), “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” (86%), and “The Secret World of Arrietty” (94%) are better reviewed, and there are a handful that has yet to be released this year (“Rise of the Guardians,” “Frankenweenie,” “Ice Age: Continental Drift”).
It kinda makes me wonder if the Disney relationship is dragging down Pixar’s overall quality. They were at the top of their game before being acquired by Disney in 2006. It seems like they’re releasing more sequels since the acquisition: “Cars 2” was released last summer; “Monsters University” (sequel to “Monsters Inc.”) is scheduled for next summer; and there has already been talk of “Toy Story 4.”
With all that said, “Brave” is still a huge improvement over last year’s 38% “Cars 2.” Pixar has finally made a film for mothers and daughters that features lush, meticulous landscapes not seen in their previous films. They’re at least on the right track again.