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Two Brothers

children & family, drama


Two mischievous twin tiger cubs live a carefree life in an exotic jungle amidst beautiful ancient ruins. But one day, an act of fate forces them apart, as one is sold off to the circus and the other becomes the pampered pet of a governor's son.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    78%
  • Audience Score
    75%

common sense

ON for kids age 8
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

Stunningly beautiful, but too intense for little kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has some very sad Bambi-style moments and some violence, mostly off-screen. The tiger cubs' father is killed and their mother is shot and wounded. Sangha mauls a dog (we only hear about it and it's made clear that the dog wasn't killed) and Kunal is beaten (off camera). There are tense confrontations and unhappy relationships. Some kids may find it uncomfortable when a mother is attracted to someone other than her husband and believes he is flirting with her, when a child loses his pet, or when characters speak harshly to each other. A strength of the movie is the positive portrayal of an inter-racial and inter-cultural romance.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how McRory and an English-speaking native (who will become his wife) debate the morality of killing wild animals and taking sacred artifacts from ruins, in terms of the different ways that people see those issues and also about the way they discuss them with each other. What kinds of arguments are persuasive? How did his father's disappointment in him affect the prince? How do you know when it is "good to take a chance?"

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    78%
    reviews counted: 8
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  • Audience

    75%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: I defy any animal lover not to tear up with Kumal and Sangha reunite, even if it is a little faux.

- Carlo Cavagna, AboutFilm.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh:

- Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid, Friday, May 26, 2006

Fresh: It's that rare kind of comedy -- simple humor based on personalities, behavior, and folly .... rather than forced through crass punchlines or annoying sidekicks.

- Jeffrey Overstreet, Christianity Today, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Heartbreaking and wonderful all at the same time. Great film.

- dreamfaeries, Wednesday, May 5, 2010

4 stars

I found this movie to be quite entertaining and moving at the same time. The movie tells of the separation of two tiger cubs, one is sold to a circus where he is mistreated by his sadistic handlers and the other is adopted as a pet by a young boy. The story is told from the tigers' perspective and director Jean-Jacques Annaud was very successful in conveying the tiger's thoughts and feelings without the use of words. He suggests rather than display violence becausethere is surprisingly little blood in this story about hunting, though the threat of attack is clear and pervasive. I have always thought that tigers were the most regal of all the great felines and these two are the most unforgettable and so is this movie which just reinforce that the biggest danger to tigers are us and we must exercise our power responsibly, not by destroying life, but by learning to value and cherish these endangered animals living in the wild. The landscapes are impressive and the photography was amazing. A fantastic and touching movie with great performances by the Tigers who stole the show but Guy Pearce as the hunter and the little French boy weren't far behind them.

- xxdebxx, Wednesday, September 16, 2009

4 stars

A cute film about tigers suddenly ups a notch with Guy Pearce's entrance into the arena. Young Freddie Highmore also impresses. Everyone will get something from this film. This especially goes for those who love The Jungle Book, tigers and cute animals doing cute things. The locations are incredible as well, particularly Angkor Wat. Oddly emotional and family friendly. Except, wait for the little footnote at the end of the film, very poignant.

- mingsysar, Wednesday, March 18, 2009