20,000 Species of Bees

critic Reviews

, 93% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Led by young Sofía Otero's outstanding performance, 20,000 Species of Bees explores an array of weighty themes with gentle humanity.
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    Mark KermodeSight & Sound
    Warmly humanist and deeply empathetic first feature… announcing the arrival of a bold new filmmaking voice.
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    Diego SemereneSlant Magazine
    The film blooms in moments where, instead of literally addressing Coco's gender trouble, we’re simply allowed to inhabit it.
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    Leigh MonsonAV Club
    Despite its limitations, 20,000 Species of Bees is crafted from a place of empathy so often lacking in conversations about trans childhood.
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    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    With this gentle, empathic picture, Urresola joins a conversation that usually plays out as a screaming match, and tones it down to a murmur.
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    Alexandra Heller-NicholasAWFJ.org
    20,000 Species of Bees is a touching, beautiful and sensitive film with the potential of making a significant dent in the current hateful discourse from some quarters about transgender children – if only they had it in their heart to watch it.
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    Caitlin QuinlanLittle White Lies
    While there is much to be compelled by narratively, formally the film offers less intrigue.
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    Andrew ParkerThe Gate
    [A] willingness to look at delicate matters in totality, combined with a spectacular cast of performers all given highly detailed characters to work with, makes 20,000 Species of Bees an exceptional family drama.

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    Sebastian Zavala KahnCinencuentro
    It conveys the calm and warmth of summer holidays, and uses said context to develop a complex narrative, which manages to put us in the shoes of a girl who tries to communicate to her family that she does not feel like what she is. Full review in Spanish.
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    Deborah YoungThe Film Verdict
    By showing this as a process of growth, albeit one fraught with emotional obstacles, Urresolo Sologuren adds something new to the discourse, while young Otero’s entrancing debut holds the attention even without major dramatic quakes.
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    Jordan BondFilm Threat
    20,000 Species of Bees is a slow burn where most scenes are understated and intimate but culminate into a work that stands strong in the end.
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