Tell It to the Bees Reviews

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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.
July 19, 2019
It deserves an audience.
July 19, 2019
A gentle and prettily appointed romantic tragedy with likeable performances; but there's a stultifying blandness to proceedings and an implausible final act.
July 18, 2019
Aside from that, it's a touching and tender tale, seasoned with perhaps a spoonful too much schmaltz.
July 18, 2019
It's a sad quirk of timing that a film about romantic outsiders should feel like part of the herd, but a brighter spotlight would not have done it any favours.
July 18, 2019
What might have been, in more capable hands, an indie gem is instead a melodramatic TV movie.
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