The Secret Life of Bees
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Gina Prince-Bythewood's adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd's novel The Secret Life of Bees stars Dakota Fanning as Lily, a 14-year-old growing up in a small Southern town in 1964. She is haunted by memories of shooting her mother when she was a young girl. Lily lives with her emotionally distant father, and her best friend is their African-American housekeeper Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson). After locals beat Rosaleen for attempting to register as a voter, and Lily's dad goes one step too far during an argument with his daughter, Lily and Rosaleen set out to find the place where the only… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

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"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, ComingSoon.net
"Bees is almost too sweet, but with enduring enough performances to make a solid movie."
‑ Clay Cane, BET.com
"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, sbs.com.au
"(...) 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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