Bee Season Synopsis
A man (Richard Gere) obsesses over his daughter's (Flora Cross) talent for spelling.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The performance by Flora Cross is haunting in its seriousness. She doesn't act out; she acts in.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Bee Season is lit by human sunbeam Flora Cross as Eliza.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Based on the captivating novel by Myla Goldberg, Bee Season is evocative and superbly acted.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
For a film filled with jagged shards of glass, and sometimes shot kaleidoscopically, through the windows of houses or cars, Bee Season is...
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Bee Season answers the question no Talmudic student or fan of "Unfaithful" has thought to ask: What would Richard Gere look like as a...
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Here the foundation has been miscast. That's M-I-S-C-A-S-T.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Ultimately, its success may depend on how emotionally satisfying audiences find this flirtation with Jewish mysticism.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Fine directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel take a detour into mumbo jumbo.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
The attempt to be clever is transparent.
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38

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
It took one novelist, one screenwriter and two directors - Scott McGehee and David Siegel - to cobble together this earnest nonsense, and...
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Rated PG-13 | For thematic elements, a scene of sensuality and brief strong language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 13+ Spelling bees and family drama; not for kids.
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