Parents' Guide to

The Pollinators

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Bee docu offers serious info, but delivery lacks sting.

Movie NR 2020 92 minutes
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age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

The pollenators is a amazing documentary!

I like this documentary because it explains lots of stuff about bees, and it's fun to watch

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The Pollinators is chock-full of crucial, insightful information, but watching it feels like work. This is just the kind of documentary that environmental science students will struggle to stay awake for in class. As much as the interviewed farmers, experts, and beekeepers try to speak naturally, many viewers will find it difficult not to tune out words like "neonicotinoids," "Varroa mites," and "monocultures" pretty quickly. Yes, people will be interested in hearing what the film has to say, but you have to want to hear it.

This is Peter Nelson's first feature documentary as a director, but he's been a cinematographer for the last 30 years, and it shows. Farms become works of art, and the close-ups of bees are so beautiful that they're practically insect glamour shots. Still, most kids aren't likely to appreciate seeing every droplet of spray shooting against a sunrise. The film has buzz -- you might say it swarms with vital information -- but it drones on and on.

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