The Vanishing of the Bees (2011)




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"The Vanishing of the Bees" takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. The documentary examines our current agricultural landscape and celebrates the ancient and sacred connection between man and honeybee. The film also highlights the positive changes that have resulted due to a tragic phenomenon known as "Colony Collapse Disorder."
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Critic Reviews for The Vanishing of the Bees

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (2)

Hypnotic slo-mo images of honeybees flapping their wings are about all that distinguishes the docu Vanishing of the Bees from a well-researched article on its subject.

Full Review… | April 26, 2011
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There's little form to the structure, the editing is amateurish and the narration is puerile. It's a worthwhile subject - but the film is too poor to justify a release.

Full Review… | October 8, 2009
Time Out
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A cogent documentary exploring the causes of the global disappearance of honeybees who play such a crucial role in our ecosystem.

Full Review… | June 7, 2011
Spirituality and Practice

Both frightening and inspiring.

Full Review… | June 6, 2011
Aisle Seat

Shines a light on a fascinating and important subject, but also suffers some from comparatively lax filmmaking, failing to provide the sort of detail which would more robustly engage the typical layperson viewer.

Full Review… | May 22, 2011

Well intentioned and urgent - but let down by hammy narration, a made-for-TV budget and a blatant plug for its co-sponsor, the Co-op.

Full Review… | October 16, 2009
Sunday Times (UK)

Audience Reviews for The Vanishing of the Bees

7/5/15 Netflix Saw this after reading a detailed cover story in a recent issue of New York magazine. The doc did a good job of reinforcing the story and the problems of bee stress due to constant movement to pollinate different crops as well as the effect of pesticides in corporate farming. Made me a big fan of buying organic fruit and vegetables as well as honey from small independent aviaries.

Nick Ueber
Nick Ueber

Although their thesis may be totally true, this documentary is also totally biased. Good propaganda.

Dwayne Roberts
Dwayne Roberts

This documentary explores the environmental implications of a mysterious disappearance of bees. More optimistic than most environmentalist documentaries, which of have a tendency to doom-say one to death, this film contains some decent information that promotes organic farming and a reduction in our use of pesticides, calling in one of the usual suspects in this conversation, Michael Pollan. I also found it interesting how connected bees are with the eco-system. However, the narration is probably written by a four-year-old, and Ellen Page reads it like she's trying to entertain a grade school class. Overall, in an age when we find information on film more digestible than information written, The Vanishing of the Bees is worth watching, but it's not much of a film.

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