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Bee Movie Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
Personally, I think I liked "nothing" better.
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
February 3, 2008
What distinguishes this better than half-decent comedy is its detailed insight into the bee brain
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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David Jenkins
Time Out
December 13, 2007
Passes the time, but undoutedly one for the little 'uns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 17, 2007
It's impersonal. It doesn't come from anywhere interesting.
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
November 6, 2007
Rock has but two scenes in the film, but he needs a hundred more. Give the man his own movie, please, if only because it'd bee far better than this one.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 6, 2007
This is a beautifully animated, cleverly executed, warm and funny adventure.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
November 5, 2007
The movie's more than cute, funny, and (at 81 minutes) brisk enough to move families in and out of the multiplex in mass quantities, like the social insects we are.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 3, 2007
Harmless fun for the whole family.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 2, 2007
Bee Movie is a cute movie. Not that there's anything ... well, you know the rest. But cute is not what adults expect from Jerry Seinfeld, although children will be delighted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 2, 2007
Bee Movie doesn't touch the bar raised so high by Pixar, but it creates a little buzz of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
November 2, 2007
Bee Movie has a few charming moments and a scene or two with legitimate hilarity, but mostly it's just mediocre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Botti
Newsweek
November 2, 2007
What I like about Bee Movie is its comfy, off-the-cuff charm: unlike a lot of animated family entertainment, it's not all Thwack Smash Kaboom.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 2, 2007
The movie has some pretty pictures and a few good jokes, but not nearly enough. And the story suffers from sitcom attention-deficit disorder, veering off in a new direction every half-hour or so.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 2, 2007
Watching this pun-filled cartoon is like falling into a tray of children's watercolors -- the warm end, where oranges and yellows and ambers wave.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 2, 2007
A surprisingly unfunny, belabored and unimaginative comedy, Bee Movie is a huge disappointment considering the extent of Seinfeld's participation.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
November 2, 2007
Nothing about the movie resonates emotionally.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
November 2, 2007
Is it as bold as it might be? Does it blaze with invention? Is it the best babbling-bee urban biopic, bar none? Just about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 2, 2007
It leaves no unpleasant aftertaste. If you take impressionable kids, you should be prepared to explain two things: No, bees and humans do not normally live happily ever after; and yes, bees sometimes just sting you for the hell of it.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 2, 2007
The film's charm, quickness and design carry the day.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 2, 2007
The vibe is loose-limbed and fluky, and the gags have an extra snap that's recognizably Seinfeldian. If I believed in a sitcom afterlife, I'd swear the whole thing was cooked up by Kramer and George's dad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 2, 2007
The whole thing's pretty cute and breezy.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 2, 2007
All of this material, written by Seinfeld and writers associated with his television series, tries hard, but never really takes off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
November 2, 2007
Kids should get a kick out of it, but anyone craving Seinfeld's usual brand of funny business will have to stick to TV reruns.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 2, 2007
It has enough buzzing wit and eye-popping animation to win over the kids -- and probably more than a few parents, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 2, 2007
Another ground-breaking show about nothing -- a hornet's nest of hype for a fat hive of nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 1, 2007
Bee Movie isn't a B movie, it's a Z movie, as in dizmal.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 1, 2007
Bee Movie is certainly not low-budget, but it has all the staying power and creative value of a B-movie. The secret life of bees, as told by Seinfeld, is a bore with a capital B.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 1, 2007
The most genuinely apian aspect of Bee Movie is that it spends a lot of its running time buzzing happily around, sniffing out fresh jokes wherever they may bloom.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 1, 2007
Bee Movie just lacks spirit and energy. Part of the problem may be that, as far as I'm concerned, any animated movie released this year (and possibly in years to come) suffers in comparison with Brad Bird's Ratatouille.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 1, 2007
Absurd enough to delight kids, overstuffed with verbal and visual in-jokes for grownups, it's a 90-minute joyride that barely pauses for breath. This is unquestionably the best movie that ever began as a bad pun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 1, 2007
If it's not Toy Story, well, what is? But Bee Movie offers plenty of entertainment for all ages -- though, truth be told, the older the better.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 1, 2007
Bee Movie is best viewed as an oddball career move rather than as a successful movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
November 1, 2007
Does Bee survive the hype? Not quite, but it is semi-charming and reasonably clever in that facile Dreamworks Animation kind of way.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 1, 2007
Bee Movie feels phoned in on every level.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 1, 2007
At its relaxed best, when it's about, well, nothing, the slyly comic Bee Movie is truly beguiling.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 1, 2007
It's on the easygoing level of Surf's Up, and a full tick up from, say, Over the Hedge or The Ant Bully. But given the Seinfeld pedigree it's something of a disappointment.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 1, 2007
An often-inspired smart comedy for kids, and a vintage Seinfeld laugh for adults.
| Original Score: 4/5
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David Fear
Time Out
November 1, 2007
You might have been able to get away with stuff like this in the pre-Pixar age. Not anymore.
| Original Score: 2/6
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 31, 2007
Yet another animated flick with a starry cast in which a creature that ordinarily would seem pesky is rendered as not just harmless but even lovable and idiosyncratically human. Enough already.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
October 31, 2007
Infectiously amusing? More often than not.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 31, 2007
After Shrek the Third's flatulence jokes, the return of that Seinfeldian wit brings animation up a level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 31, 2007
On the whole, this is another disappointing animated effort and it resides considerably lower on the totem pole than this year's current non-live action champion, Ratatouille.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 31, 2007
The film is nutty, ecological, antically funny, and moving, all at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 31, 2007
It is mercifully less than 90 minutes long, but make that an hour and a half of witty, captivating enchantment.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 29, 2007
Unfortunately, bees just aren't that funny.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
October 29, 2007
Amiable but no more.