Honeyland Reviews

October 2, 2019
This is one of the best movies of the year... Over and over again while I was watching it, I was asking myself "How did they get that shot?"
September 13, 2019
Brief and to the point, Honeyland proves more meditative than its premise suggests.
September 13, 2019
Although it starts as a meditation on the hardship and rhythms of rural life, Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska's documentary becomes something more intimate.
September 11, 2019
Honeyland really is a miraculous feat, shot over three years as if by invisible camera - not a single furtive glance is directed towards the film-makers.
September 5, 2019
Grave and wise, "Honeyland" is ultimately an act of faith, and the filmmakers extend the idea of balance all the way to the film's implicit moral.
Top Critic
August 12, 2019
This elegant film... begins as the intimate portrait of a beekeeper who makes famously good honey, and then expands to become something of a parable.
August 9, 2019
As an intervention in the conversation around climate change and natural disaster, Honeyland performs the unique feat of uniting agriculture with human culture, to prove that it is really all just culture.
August 6, 2019
"Honeyland" sneaks up on you in a quiet yet powerful way.
August 2, 2019
Its narrative construction depicts extraordinary tensions and conflicts with a clarity and coherence that a screenwriter might dream of. At the same time, the film's dramatic power comes at the expense of the reportorial side of documentary filmmaking.
August 1, 2019
It's the best kind of documentary -- an eye-opener and a mind-opener.
August 1, 2019
This amazing doc, a multiple prize-winner at Sundance 2019, makes for the most primal of environmental allegories.
July 26, 2019
Honeyland is both an immersive experience and an undeniably gorgeous reflection on our relationship to nature.
July 26, 2019
This lovely, heartrending movie leaves you marveling at her history and thinking anxiously for her future - and wondering, perhaps, why her example of basic decency has become so endangered.
July 25, 2019
Stefanov and Kotevska have done more than record the rhythms and textures of rural life. They have shaped their observations... into a luminous neorealist fable, a sad and stirring tale of struggle, persistence and change.
July 25, 2019
The kind of nonfiction film that gets at much bigger truths about the tragic ways in which any environment, no matter how remote, can be thrown off balance by greed.
July 24, 2019
The melding of the political with the personal has seldom involved so many stingers to the face.
July 22, 2019
"Honeyland" swarms with difficult, ancient truths about parents, children, greed, respect, and the need for husbandry.
March 29, 2019
Far from a scolding, rub-your-nose-in-it depiction of environmental havoc, this is a tender story about the chaos of abandoning the common good.
Top Critic
February 1, 2019
In Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska's painstaking observational documentary, everything from the honey upwards is organic.
January 30, 2019
An unforgettable vérité character study and an intimate look at an endangered tradition.