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

May 9, 2018
Spirit of the Beehive is the sort of slumbrously sensitive item that tends to give art films a poisonous reputation... seems to believe in the infinite evocative power of long, ponderous, static takes.
March 26, 2009
Sensitive, beautifully-wrought.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 26, 2006
Takes place at the particular intersection of reality and fantasy defined by youthful moviegoing.
January 26, 2006
Ana Torrent gives perhaps the greatest child performance of all time.
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.
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.
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.