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Tell It to the Bees (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Tell It to the Bees is well-acted and well-intentioned -- but often undermined by its frustratingly didactic storytelling.

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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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Anna Paquin
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Watery romance that has no real feeling to cling to.

July 24, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Tell it to the Bees... is a period drama with no sting. There's no urgency to its message, no passion at its centre.

July 22, 2019 | Rating: 2/5

Yikes. That wasn't pretty.

July 22, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's a sad quirk of timing that a film about romantic outsiders should feel like part of the herd, but a brighter spotlight would not have done it any favours.

July 18, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Despite the hefty talent involved, there's a preposterous pass-agg tweeness to this film - a contrived and self-conscious affair adapted from Fiona Shaw's 2009 novel and directed by Annabel Jankel.

July 18, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's a cause-and-affect drama earnestly working the gallery.

July 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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