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The Secret Life of Bees Reviews

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November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 1, 2011
All the pieces are there for a good movie but there's an undeniable sense of reluctance to put them into play. Every time it seems like the film might be taking a chance it retreats to safe ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
January 3, 2011
A sweet, sentimental story with a sting in the tail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 3, 2009
Can I tell you a secret? This movie is *really* good. Grab Nana and go see it!
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 6, 2009
Bees is almost too sweet, but with enduring enough performances to make a solid movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 4, 2009
(...) Hay un mérito atendible en la directora y es evitar caer en la sensiblería barata que el asunto arriesgaba.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 6, 2009
The story is a gentle depiction of harsh times that works best as a coming-of-age parable, not so well as a historical drama.
March 6, 2009
Once again, Dakota Fanning demonstrates that, even as a teenager, she already has the acting skills and range equal to -- if not better than -- her A-list contemporaries.
February 27, 2009
A dense story about a little girl and the impact her mother's death has on her makes terrific cinema in this beautifully realised film
February 27, 2009
The film has a dream-like quality above its punchy emotional core
January 28, 2009
The Secret Life of Bees features another buzz-worthy turn by Dakota Fanning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 5, 2008
There's a purity, clarity and honesty to this feminist heart-warmer's melodramatic instincts that make it surprisingly moving and satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
December 5, 2008
Idyllic tale despite the back story of racial tension and family abuse. Fanning holds her own in a great cast with Okonedo and Paul Bettany as an unbalanced father in fine form.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 5, 2008
The issue of racial integration is ever-present and it certainly serves as a reminder of how far America has come to vote for a black President.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 5, 2008
Engaging, well made and impressively acted, this is essentially a coming of age chick flick with a slightly rougher edge than usual.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 5, 2008
While this film is every bit as warm and emotional as it looks, ... the cast make sure things don't get too sugary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 4, 2008
Based on the novel by Sue Monk Kidd, the tale will poach your heart this cold winter.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
November 26, 2008
Prince-Bythewood largely stays away from grandiloquent gestures designed to manipulate audience emotions, relying instead on sound storytelling and a set of accomplished performers to punch across the story's humanist appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2008
Irreverence and cynicism may be the dominant themes of the day, but surely there's a place for a film with the timeless virtues of The Secret Life of Bees.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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