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Vanishing of the Bees

HD   NR Closed Captioning

George Langworthy & Maryam Henein

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About the Movie

This documentary, narrated by Ellen Page, takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. The film examines our current agricultural landscape and celebrates the ancient and sacred connection between man and the honeybee. The story highlights the positive changes that have resulted due to the tragic phenomenon known as "Colony Collapse Disorder." To empower the audience, the documentary provides viewers with tangible solutions they can apply to their everyday lives. Vanishing of the Bees unfolds as a dramatic tale of science and mystery, illuminating this extraordinary crisis and its greater meaning about the relationship between humankind and Mother Earth. The bees have a message - but will we listen?

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 18
  • Fresh: 10
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 5.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Hypnotic slo-mo images of honeybees flapping their wings are about all that distinguishes the docu Vanishing of the Bees from a well-researched article on its subject. – Rob Nelson, Variety, Apr 26, 2011

Fresh: Fascinating subject expertly covered. – Anna Smith, Empire Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: There's little form to the structure, the editing is amateurish and the narration is puerile. It's a worthwhile subject - but the film is too poor to justify a release. – Derek Adams, Time Out, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Its US focus is disappointing considering the global issues, the sound mix is terrible in places, there's some iffy animation. – Daniel Etherington, Film4, Jun 24, 2010

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This movie is not only compelling and entertaining to watch, but tells an urgent story about our food system and our planet. Not to BEE missed!


Great documentary that really gets in depth at how we are destroying are little furry wing friends and how we can work together to solve this alarming problem.


This movie is a bunch of anti-big business, romantic claptrap about the environment.

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