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  • Summary: An in-depth look at honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Australia.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jun 13, 2013
    100
    Without any preachiness, this magically beautiful film urges us to take better care of the bees, and honor the irreplaceable things that they do for us.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jun 5, 2013
    80
    More Than Honey isn't just 91 minutes of dead bees. Who could bear that? Instead, it's a delightful, informative, and suitably contemplative study of the bee world and the bee-population crisis, though in the end it does offer enough dewdrops of hope to fill up a bluebell or two.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Jul 18, 2013
    75
    It’s an informative, if slightly unstructured, narrative, yet it plays more like a horror story.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jun 11, 2013
    70
    A fascinating but rambling documentary.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Jun 12, 2013
    70
    Most striking in “Honey” are closeups of the bees in their hives, symbiotically working together in creating their new queen: Imhoof rightfully spends time detailing the extraordinary nature of bee social structure.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Jun 14, 2013
    65
    The documentary's most memorable vignette is suitably unnerving: a visit to northern China, where the threatened disappearance of bees has already come to pass, leaving workers to pollinate fruit trees ... by hand.
  7. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Jun 11, 2013
    60
    Although the unexplained collapse of honeybee colonies is a global problem, the most startling moments in Markus Imhoof’s documentary take place on a microscopic level.

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  1. Jan 17, 2014
    8
    Important subject, amazing execution and pictures. Shows a nice mix of personal impassioned footage, objective study of bees, and grand scaleImportant subject, amazing execution and pictures. Shows a nice mix of personal impassioned footage, objective study of bees, and grand scale human culture and the interplay between bees and people. It really is the ultimate bee film. Maybe one of the ultimate environmental films as well. Solid work. Critics seem to focus on the narrative structure, but if you care about the information presented, any questionable structuring or resolution should be a minor issue. I was fine with it btw and only mention it because some critics addressed it. Overall, lots of gorgeous footage. Lots of relevant interviews. Good insight and overview. Great for educational purposes, personal as well as institutional. Expand