The Secret Life of Bees Synopsis
Sisters take in a teen (Dakota Fanning) who has come to their town to uncover her mother's past.
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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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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...
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Chicago Sun-Times

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

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

By Claudia Puig
Hampered by over-earnestness and tugs too intently at the heartstrings.
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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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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...
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Mediocre movie-adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd's novel. GRADE: C-plus

I attended the advance press screening of this 1hr and 50 mins movie by director/screenwriter Gina Prince-Bythewood. Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Sophie Okonedo, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, and...


By Alnola
Great adaptation of the book with good editing for continuity. Great performances by whole cast, especially Alicia Keyes. Timey reminder of how the mid-60's actually were set against the background...

Great movie, but lacking...

By katjm
I loved this book so was excited to see that the movie was being made with this cast. They did a great job turning the book into a movie. The acting was good. I cried and cheered. Dakota Fanning was...

Queen Latifah Rocks!

By skimbones
Why am I a fan of Queen Latifah? Cuz she rocks! The movie is great. Go see an older Dakota Fanning - she doesn't play the cute kid in this movie - and the great Queen Latifah. Some parts make you...


By Grandma Kathy
This was about the best movie I've seen this year. We need more heartwarming movies like this. People don't want to go to the movies to be depressed. This movie lifts us up and gives us hope for a...

Loved this Movie

By singme
I loved this movie. I really cared about all of these characters. The year was 1964 and the times they were a changin. This movie gives us a glimpse back as to how things were during the civil...

Very true to the book

By liaden
Whenever I see a movie made from a book, I always cringe a little, wondering what they are going to change that I won't like, what they will leave out that I think was absolutely crucial to the...


By mAmMaWiCkEdd
Sooo excited!! the book is absolutley amazing, i reccomend it to all! :)...

Bees and their secret life.

By JDB728
I went to this expecting a good movie. I ended up being greatly impressed. This is an amazing movie. It's a very emotional movie with great acting to match. Strong performances by Fanning, Latifa,...


By pmharris611
You have to make time to go see this movie..There are so many touching moments..Queen Latifa, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and Dakota Fanning are simply marvelous...Definatly Oscar Worthy...

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Rated PG-13 | For thematic material and some violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says 1960s-set family drama tackles weighty issues.
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