The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees

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.

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The Secret Life of Bees / Reviews

Variety

Variety

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

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

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

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Fried Green Tomatoes doused in honey.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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

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

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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.

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