Bee Season
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Adapted from the novel by Myla Goldberg, Bee Season tells the story of a family whose turmoil is brought to the surface by a young girl's unexpected talent. Eleven-year-old Eliza (Flora Cross) is the invisible element of her family unit -- her mother and father (played by Juliette Binoche and Richard Gere) are both consumed with work and busy avoiding their faltering marriage. Her brother, praised for musical genius, is wrapped up in his own adolescent life. Eliza ignites not only a spark that makes her visible but one that sets into motion a revolution in her family dynamic when she wins… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[A] pretentious family-in-crisis drama ..."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Bee Season is earnest and heartfelt and respectful. And a botch."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Words and letters may hold all the secrets of the universe, but 104 minutes wasn't enough to hold and resolve all the secrets and mysteries of Bee Season."
‑ Camerin Courtney, Christianity Today
"Os dez minutos finais de projeção parecem pertencer a um outro filme. Bem ruim, por sinal."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"This is second-rate Hallström, drama plus whimsy that, when rubbed together, creates not friction and fire, but a nubbing-down of both elements."
‑ Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
"Fine directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel (The Deep End) take a detour into mumbo jumbo."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Co-directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel, whose visual schemes lent a hypnotic aura to their previous collaborations ... don't find the right balance of story and image this time."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Perhaps the film's disparate subplots are given due attention in the book, but it all feels unfocused and jammed together here."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
"Something like a dream Madonna might've had while she nodded off during Spellbound..."
‑ Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly
"A visual feast, but a spiritual famine."
‑ Hanh Nguyen,
"There's no shortage of material on the screen in Bee Season -- it's just not assembled in a satisfying manner."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"It's more thoughtfully conceived than most of what passes for filmmaking these days."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"A well-told, enjoyable and insightful film, but its not necessarily as revelatory as its makers seem to think."
‑ Joe Utichi, FilmFocus
"We're knee-deep in tastefully presented balderdash."
‑ Ian Grey, Orlando Weekly
"...sneaks up on you starting as a family drama and tells that story in the guise of a religious thriller."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Entertainment Insiders
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