The Secret Life of Bees
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Set in South Carolina in 1964, the film is the moving tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters, Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping, honey and the Black Madonna.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's a purity, clarity and honesty to this feminist heart-warmer's melodramatic instincts that make it surprisingly moving and satisfying."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"The honey runs thick in The Secret Life of Bees, and so does the treacle."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"All the pieces are there for a good movie but there's an undeniable sense of reluctance to put them into play. Every time it seems like the film might be taking a chance it retreats to safe ground."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"Bees is almost too sweet, but with enduring enough performances to make a solid movie."
‑ Clay Cane,
"Once again, Dakota Fanning demonstrates that, even as a teenager, she already has the acting skills and range equal to -- if not better than -- her A-list contemporaries."
‑ Pauline Adamek, FILMINK (Australia)
"The filmmakers give Latifah and Fanning room to create characters that breathe in the sweet smell of clover and breathe out the contented sigh of independence."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It's hard to roll your eyes when they're full of tears."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"A sweet, sentimental story with a sting in the tail."
‑ Don Groves,
"(...) Hay un mérito atendible en la directora y es evitar caer en la sensiblería barata que el asunto arriesgaba."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"Glossy yet ultimately shallow, this platitudinous, unconvincing drama makes The Colour Purple look like Mississippi Burning."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, Sydney Morning Herald
"Sweat and good intentions, however, will take you only so far. And they take Bees right up to the threshold of entertaining%u2014but not one step further."
‑ Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune
"The film is full of sweet, subtle touches."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Can I tell you a secret? This movie is *really* good. Grab Nana and go see it!"
‑ Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel, 3BlackChicks Review
"The story is a gentle depiction of harsh times that works best as a coming-of-age parable, not so well as a historical drama."
‑ Jason Di Rosso, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"On most levels the film, which has a surprising number of unconvincing details, takes the sugary option; it shies away from the harsher realities whenever possible."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
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