The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees

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The Secret Life of Bees

The tag line for this one is "Bring your girlfriends, mothers, sisters and daughters." Sorry gents, you're not invited. Set in South Carolina in 1964, it is the story of young, white, Lily (Dakota Fanning) and her black "stand-in mother". When the latter insults the racist town populace, they escape to a nearby honey farm - kept by three sisters (Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo) - to start life afresh. Adapted from the New York Times best-selling novel of the same title.

2009Rating: M, contains violence110 minsUSA
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Variety

Variety

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Like a mouthful of honey, The Secret Life of Bees is cloyingly sweet and gooey, and you're not quite sure you can swallow it undiluted.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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The film insists so strenuously on its themes of redemption, tolerance, love and healing that it winds up defeating itself, and robbing Ms. Kidd’s already maudlin tale of its melodramatic heat.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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Above all, it contains characters I care for, played by actors I admire.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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Fried Green Tomatoes doused in honey.

3.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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What's being sold here is the movie equivalent of the honey-drenched sweet potato biscuits that are forever being passed around on-screen. Their nutritional value may be nil, but they sure look comforting.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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The source material remains affecting and the cast work hard to add dimension to a lacklustre screenplay. But sadly, it adds up to less than the sum of its parts.

2.0
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I'm very dissapointed to hear that this movie will not be shown in new plymouth cinemas. I, and many others, have read and fallen in love with the novel. So, of course when I discovered that I wouldn't be able to see it unless I coaxed my parents into driving me somewhere for several hours, then I was very upset. I think that Flicks should seriously...

1.0
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Don’t worry in this film bees do not disappear causing plants to attack humans and they do not start talking and asking for there honey back. Bees are just part of the journey in this film providing a society that gets along and works together rather than one that is segregated and fights one another. This film has all the ingredients of a great coming of...

3.0
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If you only watched the trailer you'd be forgiven for thinking this is a fairly fluffy "chick flick." The reality is quite different, there's a nasty grittyness to some of the scenes that very quickly brings you down to earth around the time of the Civil Rights Bill in the US. A delight of a film, tough, tender and life-afirming

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Like a mouthful of honey, The Secret Life of Bees is cloyingly sweet and gooey, and you're not quite sure you can swallow it undiluted.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The film insists so strenuously on its themes of redemption, tolerance, love and healing that it winds up defeating itself, and robbing Ms. Kidd’s already maudlin tale of its melodramatic heat.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Above all, it contains characters I care for, played by actors I admire.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Fried Green Tomatoes doused in honey.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

What's being sold here is the movie equivalent of the honey-drenched sweet potato biscuits that are forever being passed around on-screen. Their nutritional value may be nil, but they sure look comforting.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The source material remains affecting and the cast work hard to add dimension to a lacklustre screenplay. But sadly, it adds up to less than the sum of its parts.

2.0
0

I'm very dissapointed to hear that this movie will not be shown in new plymouth cinemas. I, and many others, have read and fallen in love with the novel. So, of course when I discovered that I wouldn't be able to see it unless I coaxed my parents into driving me somewhere for several hours, then I was very upset. I think that Flicks should seriously...

1.0
0

Don’t worry in this film bees do not disappear causing plants to attack humans and they do not start talking and asking for there honey back. Bees are just part of the journey in this film providing a society that gets along and works together rather than one that is segregated and fights one another. This film has all the ingredients of a great coming...

3.0
0

If you only watched the trailer you'd be forgiven for thinking this is a fairly fluffy "chick flick." The reality is quite different, there's a nasty grittyness to some of the scenes that very quickly brings you down to earth around the time of the Civil Rights Bill in the US. A delight of a film, tough, tender and life-afirming

4.0
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