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Bee Season Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Utichi
February 4, 2006
A well-told, enjoyable and insightful film, but its not necessarily as revelatory as its makers seem to think.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
December 6, 2005
...sneaks up on you starting as a family drama and tells that story in the guise of a religious thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
December 2, 2005
Here's an unusual but sweet little drama about a dysfunctional family.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Kit Bowen
December 1, 2005
Family dysfunctions, spellings bees, spiritual enlightenment--Bee Season definitely has an odd lot of things going on. But this family drama somehow draws you into its weird little realm and holds you there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 1, 2005
Very worth 'going with' for both the things it has to say and the bold ways in which it says them.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 29, 2005
For the sake of variety, we need more spirituality in the movies, which is why the very existence of Bee Season is a blessing even if its haphazardness makes it something of a curse.
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
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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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
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
Top Critic
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
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+
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 17, 2005
One of the most unusual portraits of spiritual striving you're likely to see. And for that alone, it's worth your attention.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 17, 2005
The lack of emotion is a bit off-putting at first, but as the story unfolds, we grow to appreciate that the film's detached tone reflects the family dynamics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
November 17, 2005
The intellectual grist is intriguing, but one can't escape the feeling that Bee Season is only skimming the surface of its source material.
| Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 17, 2005
Spare and deceptively simple, Bee Season observes its characters but refrains from judging them.
| Original Score: 3/4
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