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Based on 32 Reviews
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  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Fine directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel take a detour into mumbo jumbo. show more

  • 50
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    The attempt to be clever is transparent. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

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

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Bee Season is lit by human sunbeam Flora Cross as Eliza. show more

  • 38
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    It took one novelist, one screenwriter and two directors - Scott McGehee and David Siegel - to cobble together this earnest nonsense, and if it weren't for 12-year-old novice Flora Cross, who plays its central character, all would be lost. show more

  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

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

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

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

  • 75
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    One isn't quite ready to forgive the miscasting of Gere, however, who is about as convincing a Kabbalistic scholar as Madonna. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    There's no shortage of material on the screen in Bee Season - it's just not assembled in a satisfying manner. show more

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