More than Honey

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More than Honey
Film poster
Directed byMarkus Imhoof
Written byMarkus Imhoof
Kerstin Hoppenhaus
Produced byHelmut Grasser
Markus Imhoof
Thomas Kufus
Pierre-Alain Meier
StarringFred Jaggi
Release date
  • 11 August 2012 (2012-08-11)
Running time
95 minutes
Mandarin Chinese

More than Honey is a 2012 Swiss documentary film directed by Markus Imhoof about honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Austria. The film was submitted for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.[1][2]


  • Fred Jaggi
  • Prof. Dr. Randolf Menzel [de]
  • John Miller
  • Liane Singer
  • Heidrun Singer
  • Zhao Su Zhang
  • Fred Terry
  • Prof. Dr. Boris Baer
  • Elisabeth Schild


More than Honey received an approval rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 41 reviews, with a weighted average of 7.2/10. The website's critical consensus states: "A rare advocacy documentary that fully trusts its subject's ability to fascinate, More Than Honey enlightens without badgering -- and is all the more effective for it".[3] It also has a rating of 70% on Metacritic, based on 15 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[4]

Bumblebee researcher Felicity Muth called the film "visually magnificent."[5] Stephen Holden, writing for the New York Times, calls the cinematography "spectacularly beautiful," and calls the film "a fascinating but rambling documentary."[6] Peter Bradshaw, writing for the Guardian, gave the movie three stars out of five and called it an "interestingly laidback film", opining that, "Imhoof seems disconcertingly untroubled" about the ecological challenges currently facing bees.[7]

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  1. ^ "Le film "More than Honey" représentera la Suisse aux Oscars 2014". RTS Info. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
  2. ^ ""More Than Honey" in the running for an Oscar". Swiss Films. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  3. ^ "More Than Honey (2012)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  4. ^ "More Than Honey". Metacritic. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  5. ^ Muth, Felicity (1 September 2013). "More than honey – a review". Scientific American Blogs. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  6. ^ Holden, Stephen (11 June 2013). "In Fields and Hives, Zooming In on What Ails Bees". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  7. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (5 September 2013). "More Than Honey – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 February 2014.

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