The Secret Life of Bees - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Secret Life of Bees Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 16, 2008
Is the sweetness worth the stickiness in this maudlin American Sisterhood of the Traveling Green Tomatoes?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 17, 2008 accessible, handsomely mounted movie of one of those professionally Southern middlebrow novels riddled with platitudes and homey truisms that make the rounds of ladies' book clubs
Full Review | Original Score: 81/100
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 16, 2008
Chugs along pleasantly like a television special tailored for the crossover female market. Which is basically what it is, though it drops tantalizing hints that it has more on its mind than a benign tale of substitute mothering across the color line.
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 17, 2008
For every heart that's warmed by this celluloid celebration of the maternal spirit, another will find it condescending regarding race and/or gender.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 15, 2008
The movie slogs like honey dripping off a butter knife. It doesn't help that Prince-Bythewood slams the audience with heavy-handed symbolism.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Edward Douglas
October 14, 2008
Even without reading the book, one can easily deduce how this adaptation will explore every single manipulative trick in the book to tug at the heartstrings of women whose emotions are easily manipulated.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 11, 2008
There's a whole lotta healing in The Secret Life of Bees. Big Racial Issues too. And down-home heartwarming platitudes set to acoustic guitar ballads by female singers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Marco Cerritos
Boxoffice Magazine
October 17, 2008
The by-the-numbers story structure of The Secret Life of Bees is its primary drawback from being something special.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eric D. Snider
October 16, 2008
Did you know that beehives can be symbolic of other things, forming the basis of plainly spoken platitudes and folk wisdom? It's true!
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
October 17, 2008
When they are laughing and cooking, you are thinking, 'Racism will pop up any second now,' or 'T-Ray is going to show up'; it's an uncomfortable feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
March 6, 2009
On most levels the film, which has a surprising number of unconvincing details, takes the sugary option; it shies away from the harsher realities whenever possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
October 17, 2008
Maybe some secrets should remain untold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
October 21, 2008
This does have strong work from Fanning and Hudson, but it's just a TV movie with spruced up production values for the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bill Gibron
November 1, 2008
maudlin pap
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Brian Orndorf
October 16, 2008
Oprah Book Club: The Movie.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Cole Smithey
October 12, 2008
The Secret Life of Bees is further evidence that there should be a moratorium on secret-life-of-anything movies.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Geoff Berkshire
October 16, 2008
Respectable but bland, the movie's gentle sentimentality could easily be forgiven if only its characters were granted a little more depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 16, 2008
The film lurches from terrible tragedy to happy montage and back again, never attempting to rise above a typical weepie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
December 5, 2008
From the producer of X-Men... comes the dullest, gooiest chick-flick of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
December 5, 2008
A god-awful chick flick about black women bonding in a sugary, never-never South. It should be renamed How to Make an American Wilt (and any other viewer).
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