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Bee Season Review Critics


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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 100

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The performance by Flora Cross is haunting in its seriousness. She doesn't act out; she acts in.

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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Ultimately, its success may depend on how emotionally satisfying audiences find this flirtation with Jewish mysticism.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Bee Season answers the question no Talmudic student or fan of "Unfaithful" has thought to ask: What would Richard Gere look like as a learned Jewish scholar and teacher?

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    For a film filled with jagged shards of glass, and sometimes shot kaleidoscopically, through the windows of houses or cars, Bee Season is carefully, almost relentlessly, intended. That said, the script, by Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal, touches on themes that rarely make it to the big screen.

  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Based on the captivating novel by Myla Goldberg, Bee Season is evocative and superbly acted.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Spelling bees and family drama; not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this drama focuses on a family's gradual, difficult breakdown. It includes several tense family scenes, one harsh argument between father and son (yelling and using the f-word), and the revelation of the mother's mental illness (she's having flashbacks to the harrowing sight of her parents' fatal car crash, and stealing objects from houses she can reach by car and by foot). A young spelling prodigy comes to see not only how words are spelled, but also how to forgive and help her fragile family.

  • Families can talk about the increasing distances among the family members. How might Saul pay closer attention to Miriam's needs, even as he pursues his own desire for a profound spiritual experience? How do the various searches for spiritual "connection" parallel one another?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Family grapples with loss of emotional closeness and spiritual direction; a troubled mother becomes a thief; a father becomes obsessed with his young daughter's capacity to "connect with God."

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Flashbacks of car accident that left one character's parents dead (no bodies, but disturbing fragments of visual/emotional trauma).

  • sex false3

    Sex: Passionate sex scene between parents.

  • language false3

    Language: Brief strong language by father and teenaged son during an argument (f-word).

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Minor.