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Bee Season Reviews

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Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
November 23, 2005
Despite the advance buzz, you can spell it murky and meandering.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
November 23, 2005
...a muddled, pretentious mess that, in the end, doesn't go anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
November 22, 2005
Alas, as the spelling words get harder and less comprehensible, so does the narrative thread.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 22, 2005
Fine directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel (The Deep End) take a detour into mumbo jumbo.
| Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 22, 2005
There's no shortage of material on the screen in Bee Season -- it's just not assembled in a satisfying manner.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ed Scheid
Boxoffice Magazine
November 22, 2005
The four lead actors give strong performances and are extremely credible as a family unit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 22, 2005
Bee Season is earnest and heartfelt and respectful. And a botch.
| Original Score: D+
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
November 19, 2005
Sullen nine-year-old experiences God through spelling. The other story is of a marriage in crisis. Neither one makes any sense.
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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2005
"Bee Season" is an evenly paced, interestingly told family drama that uses the innocent device of the spelling bee as the thing that changes the Nauman family irrevocably.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 18, 2005
Co-directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel, whose visual schemes lent a hypnotic aura to their previous collaborations ... don't find the right balance of story and image this time.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
November 18, 2005
It's more thoughtfully conceived than most of what passes for filmmaking these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
November 18, 2005
Two parts intriguing premise and three parts tiresome upper-middle-class ennui.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
November 18, 2005
Directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel and screenwriter Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal pull off the odd juxtapositions with surprising acumen.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 18, 2005
The film succeeds, because both the tale and the young performers (Cross and Max Minghella as Eliza's teenage brother, Aaron) are so compelling.
| Original Score: 3/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
November 18, 2005
Sometimes a movie can defy rational logic, yet still make sense emotionally in a way that pulls you through.
| Original Score: B+
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 18, 2005
A cold and intellectual look at people searching for spiritual meaning that, instead of imparting any resonant observations about faith and family, comes off as kooky and affected.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
November 18, 2005
Fragmented and obtuse, with characters who fail to resonate.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 18, 2005
Tempts with a bit of a buzz, but then can't deliver and becomes more than a bit silly and self-admiring.
| Original Score: C-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 18, 2005
Though Bee Season has flaws beyond Gere's casting, it compels us to look at the things that words and lives are made of, which is no abstract achievement.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
November 18, 2005
Reflecting Goldberg's virtuoso novel, the film sets up rich dichotomies of what people say and do, and of satisfying the self vs. pleasing the community.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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