Box art for The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees

drama


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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    58%
  • Audience Score
    78%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

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

Audience Reviews

4 stars

"The Sweet Life of Bees is a film of sad stories with sad situations. I really enjoyed everyones acting. I had my doubts about Alicia Keys as I do all singers/rappers when they try their hand at acting. She surprised me. I thought she did a great job in her role. I loved Q-Latifah in this. Her character is wise and loving. Just what Lily needed. Lily Owens is a troubled young girl in the search for answers about her mother. Feeling unwanted and abandoned she runs with the one person that shows her kindness and love. Her nanny/housekeeper Rosaleen. Their journey leads to August. From there the mystery of what happened to Lily's mother unravels. I really enjoyed the sad tale and I look forward to reading the book."

- LWOODS04, Monday, October 15, 2012

4 stars

"The Sweet Life of Bees is a film of sad stories with sad situations. I really enjoyed everyones acting. I had my doubts about Alicia Keys as I do all singers/rappers when they try their hand at acting. She surprised me. I thought she did a great job in her role. I loved Q-Latifah in this. Her character is wise and loving. Just what Lily needed. Lily Owens is a troubled young girl in the search for answers about her mother. Feeling unwanted and abandoned she runs with the one person that shows her kindness and love. Her nanny/housekeeper Rosaleen. Their journey leads to August. From there the mystery of what happened to Lily's mother unravels. I really enjoyed the sad tale and I look forward to reading the book."

- LWOODS04, Monday, October 15, 2012

2 stars

When you come across a film poster flaunting a smile across every included face, there's a 98% chance it's another "feel-good" flick about to hit cinemas. Save for a few exceptions that have backed away from the tiresome archetypes (i.e. JERRY MAGUIRE, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE), rarely is this a good sign. I often feel worried that the film's crew thinks its key audience is full of idiots who cannot even mildly identify the recurring thematic formula: identify the problem in the story, gradually evolve from saddening to joyful, relieve the audience's emotions with a scene that will guarantee a good cry, then all of a sudden end on a severely optimistic note. THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES is a film harrowed in majority not because it plays out as such a film, but because it offers nothing new, or nothing noticeably original, for that matter. The film isn't terrible, due to some select bright spots and a solid performance from Queen Latifah-may I add that this gets my vote for her best performance since CHICAGO. Aside from those who watch films for that ultimate catharsis, it's not particularly engaging. read the rest of the review at themoviefreakblog.com

- spielberg00, Tuesday, August 21, 2012