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Tell It to the Bees (2019)



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Dr. Jean Markham (Anna Paquin) returns to the town she left as a teenager to take over her late father's medical practice. When a school-yard scuffle lands Charlie (Gregor Selkirk) in her surgery, she invites him to visit the hives in her garden and tell his secrets to the bees, as she once did. The new friendship between the boy and the bee keeper brings his mother Lydia (Holliday Grainger) into Jean's world. In the sanctuary of the doctor's house the two women find themselves drawn to one another in a way that Jean recognizes and fears, and Lydia could never have expected. But, in 1950's small-town Britain, their new secret can't stay hidden forever.

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6)

It would be easy to argue that the movie's heart is in the right place, because it is. However, to apply another cliché, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

May 3, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Even though I wasn't familiar with what happens in the book while watching Tell It to the Bees, I could feel something was emotionally out of place.

May 3, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Paquin... and especially Grainger shoulder the film's dramatic burdens with grace and ease... But the unassumingly square and overly familiar film simply isn't the buzzworthy vehicle their work deserves.

May 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Paquin and Grainger are likable together, and the film's exploration of womanhood as an identity often dictated by men is handled effectively.

May 1, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

It's hard to dislike this pleasant, earnest work.

September 18, 2018 | Full Review…

A movie whose points are made in a way that might give viewers a concussion.

September 13, 2018 | Full Review…

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