The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees (2008)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 17, 2008
DVD Release Date: February 3, 2009
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Secret Life of Bees has moments of charm, but is largely too maudlin and sticky-sweet.

Wally Hammond
Time Out

There's a purity, clarity and honesty to this feminist heart-warmer's melodramatic instincts that make it surprisingly moving and satisfying.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

The honey runs thick in The Secret Life of Bees, and so does the treacle.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

The story was okay, but I think there was an underlying mammy factor that rubbed me the wrong way.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Dana Stevens

It's hard to roll your eyes when they're full of tears.

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Joshua Starnes

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.

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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

The film is full of sweet, subtle touches.

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Don Groves

A sweet, sentimental story with a sting in the tail.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
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Paul Bettany is miscast in his role but Dakota Fanning proves again that she is very talented, only it is frustrating to see a relevant theme such as racism in… More
Nicki Marie
Good movie, sad, but not totally depressing. The whole cast are excellent, particularly Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah. I am not sure I… More
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Dean McKenna
Dakota Fanning becomes teenage in this drama movie and delivers a remarkable performance... and what feels like the first where her screaming skills aren't… More
Jennifer Xu
Complete and utter feel good Oprah trash.
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In the hands of a more talented writer/director, "The Secret Life of Bees" could've been another "The Color Purple"; instead, it's… More