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The Spirit of the Beehive (El Espíritu de la colmena) Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
January 18, 2013
Lyrical and magestic, Erice's film is one of the most compelling fables about haunted childhood.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 6, 2008
A most exceptional vision of the inner life of a child just learning about the darker complexities of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 7, 2007
Considered by many as one of the key Spanish films of the Seventies.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Mark Bourne
September 17, 2006
...a graceful, lyrical masterpiece wound around one of the most natural and engrossing performances by a child actor we've ever seen.

TV Guide
August 30, 2006
A haunting, atmospheric film that focuses on a young girl's obsession with the Frankenstein monster.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Keith Breese
July 23, 2006
filmmaking art of the highest caliber.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 6, 2006
It's a film that transports us back not just to the sights and sounds of childhood but to a core of sweet innocence and sometimes ignorant bliss.
| Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 8, 2006
Erice meant his film as a sly social commentary, but his opinions are so well enveloped in the film's dreamy coming-of-age tapestry that moviegoers worldwide (especially younger ones) have embraced it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 26, 2006
This is a modest marvel of grace and framing that unfolds with the patience of a cloud and is driven more by wonder than pure emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 31, 2006
Those who haven't seen it since the '70s may find themselves amazed all over again by its lyrical potency and grace; those who have never seen it may wonder how it can be that a film this great isn't shown somewhere all the time.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 24, 2006
Screening in a new print so pristine you forget that this film is 33 years old, Spirit of the Beehive sweeps you into its quiet world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
March 24, 2006
Ana's fearful, credulous eyes are as wide as the flat Castilian horizon, striated by clouds and railroad tracks, which reach beyond the known world.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 26, 2006
Takes place at the particular intersection of reality and fantasy defined by youthful moviegoing.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
January 26, 2006
Ana Torrent gives perhaps the greatest child performance of all time.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
January 25, 2006
... the finest and most beautifully wrought first film of the European '70s, a mysterious crucible as elusive, concrete, and visually primal as anything by Herzog, Straub, Olmi, or Denis.
Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine
January 23, 2006
Every magic hour, light-drenched image in Victor Erice's Spirit of the Beehive is filled with mysterious dread.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
July 3, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Tom Dawson
September 17, 2003
Expressively played by its two young leads, it's a work which memorably captures a child's perspective on the mysteries of everyday life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Much in the film is derivative, but Erice excels in precise evocations of childhood feelings -- there is one dumbfounding moment of lyrical, joyful horror.
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