Metacritic Movie Ratings
The Secret Life of Bees Reviews

3.0

57

out of 100

Metascore®
Mixed or average reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViewsJames Berardinelli

    The other actress to stand out is, unsurprisingly, Queen Latifa, whose intense screen presence makes her a force to be reckoned with even when she's simply standing in the background, not saying anything.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesRoger Ebert

    Above all, it contains characters I care for, played by actors I admire.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterMichael Rechtshaffen

    An affecting ensemble piece that's destined to generate a fair share of awards-season buzz.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    Hampered by over-earnestness and tugs too intently at the heartstrings.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyOwen Gleiberman

    The Secret Life of Bees is a lesson -- or, rather, a whole series of them -- we no longer need to learn. Of course, it's also a divine-sisterhood-defeats-all chick flick, and on that score there's no denying that its clichés are rousingly up to date.

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