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