Bee Season (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

Bee Season (2005)



Critic Consensus: Bee Season is an intelligent, but frustratingly distant and diffuse drama about family dysfunction.

Movie Info

A man's overwhelming interest in his exceptional daughter leads to familial discord in this drama. Saul Naumann (Richard Gere) seems to be an ideal father and husband in many respects. A professor of religious studies at the University of California in Berkley, Saul is a deeply spiritual man with an interest in the Kabbalah who spends plenty of time with his family and is devoted to his wife Miriam (Juliette Binoche) and their two children, Aaron (Max Minghella) and Eliza (Flora Cross). But the balance in his life begins to tip when he learns Eliza is a gifted child with a talent for spelling. Eager to help his daughter hone her gifts and fascinated with the way the construction of words fits in with the Kabbalah, Saul begins spending more and more time with Eliza, but in time the young girl begins to emotionally buckle under the weight of her father's attention. Miriam and Aaron also begin to react to Saul's sudden lack of interest in them; Miriam begins exploring other people's houses uninvited, while Aaron develops a passionate interest in the Hindu faith after meeting a beautiful Hare Krishna girl named Chali (Kate Bosworth). Bee Season was adapted from the acclaimed novel of the same name by Myla Goldberg.more
Rating: PG-13 (for thematic elements, a scene of sensuality and brief strong language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Naomi Foner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 4, 2006
Box Office: $1.1M
Fox Searchlight Pictures - Official Site


Richard Gere
as Saul Naumann
Juliette Binoche
as Miriam Naumann
Flora Cross
as Eliza Naumann
Max Minghella
as Aaron Naumann
Sam Zuckerman
as National Spelling Be...
Corey John Fischer
as National Spelling Be...
Joan Mankin
as Ms. Bergermeyer
Piers Mackenzie
as Dr. Morris
Lorri Holt
as Ms. Rai
Brian Leonard
as Mr. Julien
Jamal Thornes
as Wiseacre Boy's Mate
Kathy McGraw
as Regional Spelling Be...
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Critic Reviews for Bee Season

All Critics (117) | Top Critics (40)

[A] pretentious family-in-crisis drama ...

Full Review… | November 23, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Fine directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel (The Deep End) take a detour into mumbo jumbo.

November 22, 2005
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Words and letters may hold all the secrets of the universe, but 104 minutes wasn't enough to hold and resolve all the secrets and mysteries of Bee Season.

September 8, 2006
Christianity Today

Perhaps the film's disparate subplots are given due attention in the book, but it all feels unfocused and jammed together here.

Full Review… | February 21, 2006
Denton Record-Chronicle

A well-told, enjoyable and insightful film, but its not necessarily as revelatory as its makers seem to think.

Full Review… | February 4, 2006

Os dez minutos finais de projeção parecem pertencer a um outro filme. Bem ruim, por sinal.

December 22, 2005
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for Bee Season

Suffers from too many plots and not enough focus.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Imagine growing up in a family of academics, musicians, and Jewish mystics. When 12-year-old Eliza (Flora Cross) wins both the district and regional spelling bees, her father, Saul (Richard GereJewish mysticism, begins to tutor her daily. Not only is he preparing her for the state spelling bee competition, but Saul is also training his daughter to be the mystic he wasn't able to become. Bee Season is not only a movie about meditation, but it is also itself a meditation. This family is consumed with finding God, but they all look outside of the family to find it, and in the process, the family falls apart. Eliza's older brother Aaron (Max Minghella) is so jealous that his sister is getting all of the family's attention that he goes off and joins a Buddhist cult, and everyone in the family is so focused on their own problems that no one notices the mother (Juliette Binoche) going slowly insane! Bee Season is transcendent and thought-provoking, and it even makes me want to go out and look for God. 3 Stars 5-2-13

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Family isn't just about talking. It's about understanding.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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