THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES Opens Wide Today!
THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES
Opens Wide TODAY!
See the movie that People magazine calls a "Critics Choice!"
THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES - Review by Leah Rozen
3 out of 4 stars - **Critics Choice**
"Not since Jodie Foster has there been a child star with the range and sensitivity that Fanning shows in this commendable coming-of-age drama. She gives an astonishingly perceptive performance as Lily, a motherless girl who in 1964 runs away from her sullen father (Paul Bettany) and takes refuge with a trio of compassionate African-American sisters living in rural South Carolina. August (Latifah), the eldest sister, is a beekeeper. In teaching budding writer Lily about bees and making honey, August also imparts important, lasting lessons about both the sweetness and stings of life.
'The Secret Life of Bees,' based on a bestselling novel by Sue Monk Kidd and directed with a delicate touch by Gina Prince Bythewood ('Love & Basketball'), also offers vivid turns by Latifah, Keys and Okonedo as the sisters, and Hudson as Lilys fathers housekeeper. While Bees plot occasionally flirts with melodrama, it is still deeply satisfying to watch the films richly felt characters grow and change."