Critic scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.
Soars on the strength of strong acting and a script that stubbornly refuses to go all sappy and preachy. Read full review
The other actress to stand out is, unsurprisingly, Queen Latifa, whose intense screen presence makes her a force to be reckoned with even when she's simply standing in the background, not saying anything. Read full review
Above all, it contains characters I care for, played by actors I admire. Read full review
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. Read full review
On screen something happens that goes beyond Monk's powers of description and Fanning's way of seeming 14 and 44 at the same time. Read full review
Suffused with a golden glow, the movie looks and sounds like a fairy tale. Read full review
An affecting ensemble piece that's destined to generate a fair share of awards-season buzz. Read full review
Hampered by over-earnestness and tugs too intently at the heartstrings. Read full review
Fortunately, the cast cuts through a cloying script and boosts unsure direction with sharply focused performances. Read full review
The Secret Life of Bees is a lesson -- or, rather, a whole series of them -- we no longer need to learn. Of course, it's also a divine-sisterhood-defeats-all chick flick, and on that score there's no denying that its clichés are rousingly up to date. Read full review
sweet and comforting
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