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The Secret Life of Bees

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Gina Prince-Bythewood

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 138
  • Fresh: 81
  • Rotten: 57
  • Average Rating: 5.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Sweat and good intentions, however, will take you only so far. And they take Bees right up to the threshold of entertaining%u2014but not one step further. – Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The filmmakers give Latifah and Fanning room to create characters that breathe in the sweet smell of clover and breathe out the contented sigh of independence. – Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A sweet, sentimental story with a sting in the tail. – Don Groves,, Jan 3, 2011

Rotten: Glossy yet ultimately shallow, this platitudinous, unconvincing drama makes The Colour Purple look like Mississippi Burning. – Eddie Cockrell, Sydney Morning Herald, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

~ Amazing Book ~ Amazing Movie ~

Wow. This book is really touching and i really enjoyed it!

This is in my top 5 most importaint movies

All star cast, the book was good. And the movie was even better This is a must buy.

See This Movie!

This book was the BEST I had read in many years when I read it after it was first published. I gave a copy to all of my sisters. When I saw the movie, I was not disappointed. It was as good as the book. I will buy this movie in a heartbeat!

The Secret Life of Bees
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2009

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