The Secret Life of Bees
A drama, set in Southern U.S. in 1960's, revolving around teenager Lily Owens (Fanning) and her nanny, Rosaleen (Hudson), who flee their hometown to escape their harsh upbringing and uncover the mysteries of Lily's late mother.
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Fresh: A dense story about a little girl and the impact her mother's death has on her makes terrific cinema in this beautifully realised film
- Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Fresh: The Secret Life of Bees features another buzz-worthy turn by Dakota Fanning.
- Christian Toto, Donne Tempo, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Fresh: Bees is almost too sweet, but with enduring enough performances to make a solid movie.
- Clay Cane, BET.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Good movie, sad, but not totally depressing. The whole cast are excellent, particularly Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah. I am not sure I would have wanted to go to the movies and see this one, but as a DVD movie, no complaints.
- romy861, Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Dakota Fanning becomes teenage in this drama movie and delivers a remarkable performance... and what feels like the first where her screaming skills aren't overused. She strikes me as a young Jodie Foster... one who has just transitioned from child actor to real actress. I can't wait to see where her career takes her. Paul Bettany is such a shock here as he typically plays a well dressed, under-spoken British. As a southern redneck whose bitterness rages against the world, he not only pulls it off, but manages to make grits seem even worse than I previously thought. Sophie Okonedo pulls off the always difficult task of making a "special" adult seem very real and vital. A most touching performance from a top notch talent. This is a good story with strong performances, though to take the next step as a film, it needed to dig a little deeper into its wide range of characters and settings.
- deano, Monday, July 13, 2009
In the hands of a more talented writer/director, "The Secret Life of Bees" could've been another "The Color Purple"; instead, it's a cheesy, forgettable movie. Watch solely to witness the awesomeness of Dakota Fanning's mature performance, as well as the great supporting turns by Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Sophie Okonedo and Paul Bettany.
- fernandorafael, Tuesday, May 5, 2009