Bee Season
Bee Season (2005)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 11, 2005
DVD Release Date: April 4, 2006
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bee Season is an intelligent, but frustratingly distant and diffuse drama about family dysfunction.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

[A] pretentious family-in-crisis drama ...

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bee Season is earnest and heartfelt and respectful. And a botch.

Camerin Courtney
Christianity Today

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.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Fine directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel (The Deep End) take a detour into mumbo jumbo.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

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Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record-Chronicle

Perhaps the film's disparate subplots are given due attention in the book, but it all feels unfocused and jammed together here.

James Berardinelli

There's no shortage of material on the screen in Bee Season -- it's just not assembled in a satisfying manner.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

It's more thoughtfully conceived than most of what passes for filmmaking these days.

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Joe Utichi

A well-told, enjoyable and insightful film, but its not necessarily as revelatory as its makers seem to think.

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Flixster Audience Score: 35% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Suffers from too many plots and not enough focus.
Jennifer Xu
had a lot of potential but blew it.
Bruce Bruce
Imagine growing up in a family of academics, musicians, and Jewish mystics. When 12-year-old Eliza (Flora Cross) wins both the district and regional spelling… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Bee Season", 11 year-old Eliza(Flora Cross) has just won her school spelling bee and against older kids, too. Her father,… More
Wahida K
Family isn't just about talking. It's about understanding.
William Goss
Seldom do films manage to be so self-satisfied, so overwhelmingly pretentious, and so very dull. D-U-L-L.