Bring Your Girlfriends, Sisters, Mothers and Daughters
Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo, Paul Bettany, Hilarie Burton
|Screenplay||Gina Prince-Bythewood, from the novel by Sue Monk Kidd|
|Editing||Terilyn A. Shropshire|
|Sound formats||Dolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS|
|Produced by||Fox Searchlight Pictures, Overbrook Entertainment, Donners' Company|
|Prejudice||Part of plot|
|Comments||A strong drama set against racial tensions in South Carolina in 1964.|
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What the Critics say
|Cape Argus / The Star|
Lara de Matos
Natalie Bosman Skilfully avoiding the trap of being drippy and sentimental, The Secret Life Of Bees dabbles in as many angles as there are honeycombs, each hexagon a hurdle to overcome, no matter how difficult or painful that path may be.
Ivan Sadler If you like sweet or moving films, Bees is certainly for you, as it delivers on those fronts without ever being depressing. Like the name suggests, there is a level of twee that may irritate people looking for serious drama or a focused character study, but it remains an enjoyable and enchanting little story.
|Chicago Sunday Times|
Roger Ebert I have great affection for this film because it honors a novel that many people loved for good reasons. It isn't superior, nor does it dumb it down. It sees what is good and honors it.
Jason Anderson A thoroughly well-intentioned adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd’s novel about a troubled white girl’s experiences in a black household in the American South in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees is another example of why stories that might be perfect for Oprah’s Book Club end up less satisfying as movies.
James Berardinelli When it comes to movies that touch the heart, few have a more delicate yet undeniable impact than Gina Prince-Bythewood's The Secret Life of Bees.
C. Fuchs Like the bees, the pic goes about its business without a lot of fanfare, but the results go down easily and are fairly satisfying.
Tomatometer The Secret Life of Bees has moments of charm, but is largely too maudlin and sticky-sweet.
What the People say
1963 Netizens Recommended viewing with galpals when PMSing
Average .. 58%