Tell It to the Bees Reviews

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May 29, 2020
Though at times director Annabel Jankel... can be obvious in driving home the points she wants to make, her romantic period drama is a touching exploration of repressed desire and intolerance.
April 8, 2020
The costuming and production design are impressive and the New Zealand-raised Paquin (The Piano) delivers a suitably understated performance of quiet devastation.
January 2, 2020
Totally has the look and feel like something you would see on the BBC. Slow in pacing, solid acting with an engaging story. A small, well made film.
November 20, 2019
Tell It To The Bees is buzzing with desire and dances to the tune of humming bees
October 23, 2019
At first glance, Annabel Jankel's film... could be written off as any other period romance, but the two leads, Holliday Grainger and Anna Paquin share chemistry and understanding that the film becomes a precious moment in time.
August 8, 2019
It's kind of adorable, though, even when it's... qualitatively questionable.
August 2, 2019
It's an unsatisfactory film, a strange mixture of pedestrian scene-setting, an uncertain tone and an overarching and overused metaphor of the bees, which at one point takes off into magic realism.
July 31, 2019
There's nothing all that interesting to it, or anything that distinguishes it from other queer romance dramas.
July 24, 2019
Tell it to the Bees is ultimately a love story, and Grainger and Paquin make it a good one.
July 24, 2019
Watery romance that has no real feeling to cling to.
July 23, 2019
Tell it to the Bees... is a period drama with no sting. There's no urgency to its message, no passion at its centre.
July 22, 2019
Directed by Annabel Jankel, it's a frustrating film, but nice performances from Grainger and Paquin, and structural echoes of The Go-Between, slowly win you over, only to let you down as the film descends into a strange mix of melodrama and apian fantasy.
July 22, 2019
Yikes. That wasn't pretty.
July 22, 2019
The uneven tone leaves the film intriguing and thoughtful, but it's never as powerfully moving as it needs to be.
July 22, 2019
Tell It to the Bees is a solid movie - at least until it mobilises a swarm of the eponymous insects as a deus ex machina. However, the screenplay by Henrietta Ashworth and Jessica Ashworth doesn't offer a clear enough sense of who the protagonist is.
July 22, 2019
The leads are decent, but the frequent bee close-ups seem superfluous, and whole thing reeks of an overwrought soap, and might be better suited to the small screen than the big.
July 21, 2019
The flirty tension between the two feels quietly credible, the camera occasionally shuddering with desire.
July 20, 2019
A film that unnecessarily shoots itself in the foot.
July 19, 2019
When it falls apart, it really does fall apart quite clunky...
July 19, 2019
Director Annabel Jankel's overuse of beekeeping as a visual metaphor, meanwhile, just gets increasingly silly.
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