88

Baltimore Sun

By Chris Kaltenbach
Soars on the strength of strong acting and a script that stubbornly refuses to go all sappy and preachy.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
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.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Above all, it contains characters I care for, played by actors I admire.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
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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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
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.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Suffused with a golden glow, the movie looks and sounds like a fairy tale.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
An affecting ensemble piece that's destined to generate a fair share of awards-season buzz.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Hampered by over-earnestness and tugs too intently at the heartstrings.
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50

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Fortunately, the cast cuts through a cloying script and boosts unsure direction with sharply focused performances.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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.
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57 out of 100
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