Queen Latifah and Dakota Fanning lead a stellar ensemble cast including Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo, and Paul Bettany in this wonderful film about family, independence and the transcendent power of love based on the acclaimed best-selling novel. To escape her cruel, angry father, and discover the truth about her late mother’s past, 14-year old Lily Owens flees with her caregiver and friend Rosaleen to a South Carolina town where she’s taken in by the bee-keeping Boatwright sisters. Surrounded by the unexpected love, grace and spirituality she encounters there, Lily forms a bond with each of these uniquely gifted women and discovers that sometimes you must leave home in order to find it.

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4.5 out of 5
479 Ratings

479 Ratings

59% TOMATOMETER

Critics Consensus: The Secret Life of Bees has moments of charm, but is largely too maudlin and sticky-sweet.

13+ COMMON SENSE

1960s-set family drama tackles weighty issues.

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