Yikes! Pixar's "Brave" Nosedives from 88% to 64% on Rotten Tomatoes

Posted 4:55 PM June 15th, 2012 by Senh Duong
Tags:
Pixar's Brave

After last year’s “Cars 2” scored an abysmal 38% on the Tomatometer, the first Rotten film from Pixar, I was hoping they would bounce back with this year’s “Brave.”

It was looking good in the beginning. It debuted on Rotten Tomatoes with a Fresh rating of 83% after six reviews on Monday. The sole negative review coming from The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy, but even his review was only marginally bad: “A film that starts off big and promising but diminishes into a rather wee thing as it chugs along, with climactic drama that is both too conveniently wrapped up and hinges on magical elements that are somewhat confusing to boot.” Being the only Rotten review, McCarthy got some tomatoes thrown his way by RT’s users.

In the next couple of days, it received another Fresh review, pushing its reading to 88%.

Today, three more reviews went up, but they’re all Rotten, pushing the Tomatometer down to 64%. Eric Kohn of IndieWire writes, “Brave is a movie for six-year-olds.” David Ehrlich of Boxoffice Magazine calls the narrative Pixar’s “least interesting.” And Richard Larson of Slant Magazine says, “Pixar's latest ultimately offers nothing more than a caricature of a well-worn conceit.”

Variety and Screen International are both amongst the seven who reviewed the film favorably. Although they don’t think “Brave” is up there with Pixar’s best, they think the visuals are “vivid” and “exquisite.”

The general impression I’m getting so far is that although it doesn’t measure up to Pixar’s very high standards, it’s still a decent film. So far, there are only eleven reviews. It could still move up (or down).

“Brave” opens next Friday, June 22. It’s the first Pixar film to feature a heroine as the central character. It would have been the first one to be directed by a woman too if they didn’t fire Brenda Chapman halfway through production.

Senh Duong's Latest Blog Entries:

According to Variety and its sister site Deadline, Ed Helm’s latest comedy “Vacation” isn’t meeting expectations at the box office. New Line’s’ reboot of...
According to Variety, “Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation” is tracking to open at only $40M at the box office, which would make it the weakest of the Tom Cruise...
Like I mentioned yesterday on Wopular.com, I went to a promotional screening of “Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation” last night. Like what the early reviews have...
Wow. Just when I thought the franchise couldn’t get any higher than the 93% score that the Brad Bird directed “Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol” received on...
“Pixels” drew $24M worth of quarters this weekend in theaters, continuing Adam Sandler’s slide at the box office despite having “Harry Potter’s” Chris Columbus...

Brave Photo Gallery

More Brave News

Comments