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The Secret Life of Bees Reviews

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Top Critic
Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Dave White
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Joshua Starnes
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
Don Groves
January 3, 2011
A sweet, sentimental story with a sting in the tail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
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
Clay Cane
July 6, 2009
Bees is almost too sweet, but with enduring enough performances to make a solid movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
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
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
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.
Pauline Adamek
FILMINK (Australia)
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.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
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
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
February 27, 2009
The film has a dream-like quality above its punchy emotional core
Christian Toto
Donne Tempo
January 28, 2009
The Secret Life of Bees features another buzz-worthy turn by Dakota Fanning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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
Mark Adams
Daily Mirror (UK)
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

The Sun (UK)
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
Matthew Turner
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
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
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
Victor Olliver
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
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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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