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Bee Season Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 25, 2005
McGehee and Siegel have never met a mundane event they couldn't turn into an epiphany.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 23, 2005
[A] pretentious family-in-crisis drama ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 10, 2005
Here's a spelling word for you: fatuous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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James Berardinelli
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
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2005
Results less in an intense psychological portrait of a family crisis than a baffling puzzle where cause and effect are never firmly established.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 14, 2005
It got waylaid.
Eric D. Snider
November 17, 2005
There is a lot of smug mysticism masquerading as universal truth in Bee Season. It's a movie so confident it's being meaningful that it forgot to include any actual meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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Todd McCarthy
September 6, 2005
The film is ice cold, never finding a way to invite the viewer into the story.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 11, 2005
Bee Season can spell strongylid but it doesn't know the definition of tension.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 11, 2005
So intent is the film on finding symbols and magic in anything and everything, it forgets that flesh-and-blood humans are waiting on screen and off for something to really care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chelsea Bain
Boston Herald
October 21, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Susan Granger
November 11, 2005
The psychological aspects of this 'dysfunctional perfect family' saga fizzle on the screen. Do yourself a favor: read the book. I did - after seeing the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Kent Turner
November 11, 2005
What was appealing and understandably reserved in print is practically glum on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: '2/5'
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
November 17, 2005
This well-meaning mistake gets lost in the metaphors.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
December 22, 2005
Os dez minutos finais de projeção parecem pertencer a um outro filme. Bem ruim, por sinal.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jan Stuart
November 10, 2005
Bee Season buzzes with a reverence for the spiritual potential of language, but strands its characters at an irritating loss for words.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 11, 2005
I don't know whether Gere, an avowed Buddhist, took this role to embarrass kabbala faddists like Madonna and Ashton Kutcher, or to see if he could pass for Jewish -- and a scholar! It's a lost cause, in any case.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 11, 2005
Bee Season ... goes vaguely out of focus from the beginning.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 18, 2005
Over the years this actor has become a beguiling silver fox, trickier than he seems, but [Gere] still doesn't have the psychic weight to pull off a role like Saul.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Patty Jones
Georgia Straight
December 6, 2005
Bee Season's exploration of spirituality and disaffected family tries admirably to transcend, but though we get in under the Naumann's roof, we can't quite break the ice.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
January 27, 2006
Peter Bradshaw
January 28, 2006

Boston Phoenix
December 6, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 6, 2005

Baltimore Sun
December 6, 2005
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AV Club
December 6, 2005
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Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006
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Time Out
February 9, 2006

Jam! Movies
August 31, 2007
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November 16, 2011
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