The Secret Life of Bees Reviews

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November 17, 2011
March 6, 2009
Glossy yet ultimately shallow, this platitudinous, unconvincing drama makes The Colour Purple look like Mississippi Burning.
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
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
The casting is fine, but the film's strange and potentially heartening story desperately needs a bolder touch.
October 23, 2008
The filmmakers give Latifah and Fanning room to create characters that breathe in the sweet smell of clover and breathe out the contented sigh of independence.
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 17, 2008
It's hard to roll your eyes when they're full of tears.
October 17, 2008
The film is full of sweet, subtle touches.
October 17, 2008
Through it all, Fanning more than keeps up with the big girls.
October 17, 2008
Those who were moved by the book are likely to find this adaptation affecting and emotionally satisfying.
October 17, 2008
Quite a bit of honey is applied to make the awful truths palatable, but The Secret Life of Bees curtails the sappiness with performances -- especially Fanning's -- that are grounded in reality.
October 17, 2008
Okonedo is at times heartbreakingly good as May, who carries a deep well of pain inside her; Keys is nicely fiery as June, who takes time to warm up to the visitors.
October 17, 2008
Prince-Bythewood makes you care about the characters and hope they live happily ever after.
October 17, 2008
It's unabashedly soft and sentimental, in its soft-pedaled tragedies as well as its uplift.
October 17, 2008
Price-Bythewood has encouraged fairly broad performances from these formidable actresses for characters who aren't terribly well developed in her script.
October 17, 2008
As for Fanning, she continues to prove herself a natural who can handle anything thrown her way. It's worth wondering, though, if she should have to.
October 17, 2008
This is woefully familiar material, and Prince-Bythewood overdirects the film, draining it of the messiness of real life in favor of a syrupy sweetness that threatens to drown you.
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