Bee Season Reviews

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November 23, 2005
[A] pretentious family-in-crisis drama ...
November 22, 2005
Fine directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel (The Deep End) take a detour into mumbo jumbo.
November 22, 2005
There's no shortage of material on the screen in Bee Season -- it's just not assembled in a satisfying manner.
November 22, 2005
Bee Season is earnest and heartfelt and respectful. And a botch.
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.
November 18, 2005
It's more thoughtfully conceived than most of what passes for filmmaking these days.
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.
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.
November 18, 2005
Fragmented and obtuse, with characters who fail to resonate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 14, 2005
It got waylaid.
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.
November 11, 2005
While directed with intelligence and visual flair by Scott McGehee and David Siegel, Bee Season ultimately is undone by the same trait that makes young spelling whizzes insufferable.
November 11, 2005
Bee Season ... goes vaguely out of focus from the beginning.
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