The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees
  • PG-13
  • 1h 50m
  • 2008
Rotten59%
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A young girl and her nanny take up residence with a trio of independent African-American sisters who own their own honey farm in this period drama based on the best-selling novel.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten59%
Critics Consensus: The Secret Life of Bees has moments of charm, but is largely too maudlin and sticky-sweet.
Reviews
Time Out
Melissa Anderson
Fresh

March 3, 2019
Sydney Morning Herald
Eddie Cockrell
Rotten

Glossy yet ultimately shallow, this platitudinous, unconvincing drama makes The Colour Purple look...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Wally Hammond
Fresh

There's a purity, clarity and honesty to this feminist heart-warmer's melodramatic instincts that...

June 21, 2017
Guardian
Xan Brooks
Rotten

This fairytale of the civil rights era is all honey and no sting.

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
1960s-set family drama tackles weighty issues.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this emotional, 1960s-set drama includes multiple scenes of a man reacting violently toward his wife and daughter. The child witnesses her father's assault on her mother (resulting in off-camera gunshots and death); as a young teen, the same child is the victim of heartless physical and mental punishment. The unexpected discovery of a beloved character's dead body is intense and may be disturbing to some young viewers. African-American characters suffer at the hands of prejudiced white Southerners in many scenes. Racial hatred is illustrated by ugly name-calling (including use of the "N" word) and two beatings. But in spite of all of the above, the filmmakers don't exploit or maximize the action. They show only as much as necessary to provide the desired impact.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:October 17, 2008
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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