The Secret Life of Bees Reviews

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December 12, 2018
The mawkish possibilities inherent in the story are mostly averted, thanks to the high quality of acting.
September 12, 2017
The story was okay, but I think there was an underlying mammy factor that rubbed me the wrong way.
November 17, 2011
April 4, 2011
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.
January 3, 2011
A sweet, sentimental story with a sting in the tail.
August 3, 2009
Can I tell you a secret? This movie is *really* good. Grab Nana and go see it!
July 6, 2009
Bees is almost too sweet, but with enduring enough performances to make a solid movie.
May 4, 2009
(...) Hay un mérito atendible en la directora y es evitar caer en la sensiblería barata que el asunto arriesgaba.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 5, 2008
With its message of tolerance, this soft-focus drama is an efficient genre piece, but the constant stream of truisms may eventually grate. Only those with sky- high oestrogen levels need apply.
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.
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.
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