Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. 75
    At its relaxed best, when it's about, well, nothing, the slyly comic Bee Movie is truly beguiling.
  2. Kids are going to adore looking at this movie, living in it, flying through and above its brilliant landscape. It's an animated joyride over a relief map of Manhattan. I just wish the script was as good as the paint.
  3. 75
    Dazzling fun. Jerry is master of a new domain.
  4. It has enough buzzing wit and eye-popping animation to win over the kids - and probably more than a few parents, too.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    The movie's not even close to Pixar standards - the animation is slapdash and the story construction's a mess - but the vibe is loose-limbed and fluky, and the gags have an extra snap that's recognizably Seinfeldian.
  6. 70
    The real fun is the insect shtick.
  7. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    70
    I'm not sure what kids are going to make of Bee Movie. The shiny, vivid computer-animated images pop off the screen with the vibrancy of the Pixar movies, but the understated, throwaway humor is pure Seinfeld: adult, observational, feasting on the small ironies of human (make that "beeish") behavior.
  8. Reviewed by: Andy Spletzer
    67
    The riskiest move Seinfeld made was to create an unlikable protagonist who is wrong every step of the way, but treat him like a hero.
  9. 67
    Jerry Seinfeld's foray into feature animation will delight young kids and leave their elders alternately amused and bemused.
  10. 67
    It's good to have Seinfeld back, even in this watered-down form.
  11. Much of this wordplay is clever, though there’s something off with the plotting.
  12. 63
    This candy-colored animated fable is an awkward mix of corny bee puns, clever sight gags, kid-friendly action, adult-centric workplace angst and Seinfeld's distinctive navel-gazing wit. And what's up with those four-legged bees?
  13. 63
    On the whole, this is another disappointing animated effort and it resides considerably lower on the totem pole than this year's current non-live action champion, "Ratatouille."
  14. Reviewed by: Sam Toy
    60
    The depth of talent in the cast and gag writing shines through, but it’s only just enough to take your mind off of the flat animation.
  15. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    60
    The movie's more than cute, funny, and (at 81 minutes) brisk enough to move families in and out of the multiplex in mass quantities, like the social insects we are.
  16. 58
    If an animated movie isn't competing with Pixar to dazzle the eye, it had darn well better hit the heart or the funny bone. With its wee little stinger, Bee Movie misses both.
  17. Unfortunately, bees just aren't that funny...Nor is the odd story Seinfeld and his collaborators dreamed up very inspired.
  18. 50
    All of this material, written by Seinfeld and writers associated with his television series, tries hard, but never really takes off.
  19. 50
    Feels so slight and trivial, like a cute but small idea blown up to proportions it does not merit. A surprisingly unfunny, belabored and unimaginative comedy, Bee Movie is a huge disappointment considering the extent of Seinfeld's participation.
  20. Has a few charming moments and a scene or two with legitimate hilarity, but mostly it's just mediocre.
  21. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    50
    The result is oddly schizoid, but also so insubstantial that to call it oddly schizoid suggests a weight it doesn't have.
  22. Maybe Bee Movie is another ground-breaking show about nothing – a hornet's nest of hype for a fat hive of nothing. If so, pay up and get stung.
  23. No nectar of the gods this, but we can still be thankful that Bee Movie is a sweet morsel that's devoid of any jokes about bee farts and poop.
  24. 50
    Just another ambitious, lavish animated adventure, pretty enough to look at, but ultimately foundering on the weakness of its script.
  25. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    50
    For all the muscle and money behind Bee Movie, it still feels unfocused and unfinished.
  26. There's no real jeopardy. The stakes are low. It's a bee movie about nothing.
  27. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    Amiable but no more, Bee Movie puts a hiveful of potent talent at the service of a zig-zigging, back-of-an-envelope story that's short on surprise and originality.
  28. The whole thing's pretty cute and breezy, but don't expect logic or coherence.
  29. Best viewed as an oddball career move rather than as a successful movie.
  30. The film will be huge. It’s busy. It’s kinetic. It’s a treat for kids. But like much of Seinfeld’s work outside his TV show, it’s impersonal. It doesn’t come from anywhere interesting.
  31. The more the movie progresses, the more you realize how much Seinfeld's voice sounds like a droning bee -- the kind you want to swat away.
  32. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    38
    It's so unfunny it almost stings.
  33. Bee Movie isn't a B movie, it's a Z movie, as in dizmal.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 163 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 83
  2. Negative: 28 out of 83
  1. Oct 9, 2011
    4
    "Bee Movie" is a decent animated movie at its best; the story's bland and generally fragile in structure, the animation isn't the best one,"Bee Movie" is a decent animated movie at its best; the story's bland and generally fragile in structure, the animation isn't the best one, and the voice acting sucks. Recommended for 5 year old kids. Full Review »
  2. Feb 22, 2011
    6
    Good Movie for the kids. It was a funny movie with lots of good moral points. It is a great movie to add to the kid's collection. There areGood Movie for the kids. It was a funny movie with lots of good moral points. It is a great movie to add to the kid's collection. There are time's that it drag's out,but there are fun fact's in the story for some good information. Full Review »
  3. Nov 3, 2012
    6
    Interesante por el tema, por el protagonista, por la lucha de clases, por la amistad o amor entre desiguales, etc.... Pero olvidable, y lejosInteresante por el tema, por el protagonista, por la lucha de clases, por la amistad o amor entre desiguales, etc.... Pero olvidable, y lejos de aventuras como Hormigas o Bichos. Full Review »