The Vanishing of the Bees
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The Vanishing of the Bees
"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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Rob Nelson, Variety
"Both frightening and inspiring."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"A serious, didactic, rather rambling documentary."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Its US focus is disappointing considering the global issues, the sound mix is terrible in places, there's some iffy animation."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"A worthwhile documentary."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"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."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"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."
‑ Brent Simon,
"After watching this, you'll probably end up worrying as much as they do."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Of course something has to change. But let's start with the eco-doc format."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"Well-intentioned but lacking filmic zip, it'd fly better on the box."
‑ Jane Crowther, Total Film
"A cogent documentary exploring the causes of the global disappearance of honeybees who play such a crucial role in our ecosystem."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"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."
‑ Stuart McGurk, Sunday Times (UK)
"Fascinating subject expertly covered."
‑ Anna Smith, Empire Magazine
"Langworthy and Henein sketch out the way this crisis has entered Hollywood's consciousness, in the form of M Night Shyamalan's sci-fi clunker The Happening."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A real buzz killer - in the best possible way."
‑ Tom Cox, Daily Mail [UK]
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