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The Secret Life Of Bees

Certificate 12A
Dakota Fanning
Queen Latifah
Jennifer Hudson
Sophie Okonedo
Paul Bettany
Alicia Keys
Gina Prince-Blythewood
Running Time
109 mins. minutes

The Secret Life Of Bees
A timely update of the 1962 classic The Inner Thoughts Of Wasps

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The Secret Life Of Bees

South Carolina, 1964. Haunted by the death of her mother, 14 year-old Lily (Fanning) seeks solace with her housekeeper Rosaleen (Hudson). When the pair go on the run after Rosaleen is racially attacked, they find refuge with the bee-keeping Boatwright sisters...

The source material remains affecting and the cast work hard to add dimension to a lacklustre screenplay. But sadly, it adds up to less than the sum of its parts.

Reviewed by Liz Beardsworth

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