The Secret Life of Bees Reviews

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March 6, 2009
Glossy yet ultimately shallow, this platitudinous, unconvincing drama makes The Colour Purple look like Mississippi Burning.
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.
December 5, 2008
The source material remains affecting and the cast work hard to add dimension to a lacklustre screenplay. But sadly, it adds up to less than the sum of its parts.
December 5, 2008
Fanning and Latifah form the proficient core of this reliable if humdrum American period drama.
December 5, 2008
Tragedies strike and life lessons are learnt, homespun wisdom is dispensed. It's simplistic to the point of total idiocy.
December 5, 2008
This fairytale of the civil rights era is all honey and no sting.
December 5, 2008
It's generous-minded, and though it labours awkwardly to move you, that doesn't mean you won't be moved.
December 5, 2008
From the producer of X-Men... comes the dullest, gooiest chick-flick of the year.
December 5, 2008
It'll be way too cloying for most - but the, ahem, bee's knees for sugar fiends. Probably best enjoyed with a glass of Chardonnay and your cynicism on hold.
December 5, 2008
The whole thing is coated in a golden hue, as though the lens has been dunked in syrup. Males - or females with a horror of smug, sugary sentiment - should run a mile.
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).
December 5, 2008
This ghastly ode to female companionship apparently derives from a bestselling novel, but it feels more like something stitched together from other sorority movies.
December 5, 2008
The casting is fine, but the film's strange and potentially heartening story desperately needs a bolder touch.
November 8, 2008
The Secret Life of Bees should have billed itself as a fairy tale, as that's the only possible way to swallow what Prince-Bythewood and Kidd are feeding us.
November 1, 2008
maudlin pap
October 24, 2008
The melodrama, and Mark Isham's score, are as thick and as sticky as August's honey, but not nearly as sweet.
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.
October 20, 2008
Sweat and good intentions, however, will take you only so far. And they take Bees right up to the threshold of entertaining%u2014but not one step further.
October 20, 2008
The honey runs thick in The Secret Life of Bees, and so does the treacle.
October 18, 2008
The movie just lies there on the screen, drowning in its own sticky syrup.
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