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The Vanishing of the Bees (2011)


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"The Vanishing of the Bees" takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. The documentary examines our current agricultural landscape and celebrates the ancient and sacred connection between man and honeybee. The film also highlights the positive changes that have resulted due to a tragic phenomenon known as "Colony Collapse Disorder."




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Hypnotic slo-mo images of honeybees flapping their wings are about all that distinguishes the docu Vanishing of the Bees from a well-researched article on its subject.

April 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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There's little form to the structure, the editing is amateurish and the narration is puerile. It's a worthwhile subject - but the film is too poor to justify a release.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A cogent documentary exploring the causes of the global disappearance of honeybees who play such a crucial role in our ecosystem.

June 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Both frightening and inspiring.

June 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Shines a light on a fascinating and important subject, but also suffers some from comparatively lax filmmaking, failing to provide the sort of detail which would more robustly engage the typical layperson viewer.

May 22, 2011 Full Review Source:

Well intentioned and urgent - but let down by hammy narration, a made-for-TV budget and a blatant plug for its co-sponsor, the Co-op.

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (UK)

A serious, didactic, rather rambling documentary.

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

After watching this, you'll probably end up worrying as much as they do.

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Fascinating subject expertly covered.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Its US focus is disappointing considering the global issues, the sound mix is terrible in places, there's some iffy animation.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

Of course something has to change. But let's start with the eco-doc format.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Langworthy and Henein sketch out the way this crisis has entered Hollywood's consciousness, in the form of M Night Shyamalan's sci-fi clunker The Happening.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian

A worthwhile documentary.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Well-intentioned but lacking filmic zip, it'd fly better on the box.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A real buzz killer - in the best possible way.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Despite its schoolroom tone, The Vanishing of the Bees sounds an alarm; it's essential we heed it.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmstar Magazine

A disappointing film that unfortunately fails to do justice to its vitally important subject.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Audience Reviews for The Vanishing of the Bees

This documentary explores the environmental implications of a mysterious disappearance of bees.
More optimistic than most environmentalist documentaries, which of have a tendency to doom-say one to death, this film contains some decent information that promotes organic farming and a reduction in our use of pesticides, calling in one of the usual suspects in this conversation, Michael Pollan. I also found it interesting how connected bees are with the eco-system. However, the narration is probably written by a four-year-old, and Ellen Page reads it like she's trying to entertain a grade school class.
Overall, in an age when we find information on film more digestible than information written, The Vanishing of the Bees is worth watching, but it's not much of a film.
July 24, 2012
Jim Hunter

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I didn't think it was a great documentary, but the subject was interesting.
November 2, 2011

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    1. Narrator: The future of beekeeping is not in one beekeeper with 60000 hives, but rather 60000 people with one hive.
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