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Bee Season
  • PG-13
  • 1h 45m
  • 2005
Rotten42%
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Richard Gere stars in this gripping tale about a father obsessed with training his talented daughter for the National Spelling Bee. Eliza Naumann (Flora Cross) demonstrates such an amazing gift for spelling any word given to her that her father Saul (Gere) insists on coaching her himself. But as Eliza's success continues, Saul's newfound devotion grows causing huge changes for the entire family!
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten42%
Critics Consensus: Bee Season is an intelligent, but frustratingly distant and diffuse drama about family dysfunction.
Reviews
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers
Rotten

Fine directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel (The Deep End) take a detour into mumbo jumbo.

June 21, 2017
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Eleanor Ringel Cater
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Bee Season is earnest and heartfelt and respectful. And a botch.

June 21, 2017
Washington Post
Desson Thomson
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Co-directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel, whose visual schemes lent a hypnotic aura to their pr...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Spelling bees and family drama; not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this drama focuses on a family's gradual, difficult breakdown. It includes several tense family scenes, one harsh argument between father and son (yelling and using the f-word), and the revelation of the mother's mental illness (she's having flashbacks to the harrowing sight of her parents' fatal car crash, and stealing objects from houses she can reach by car and by foot). A young spelling prodigy comes to see not only how words are spelled, but also how to forgive and help her fragile family.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:November 11, 2005
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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