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Spellbound (2002)



Critic Consensus: A suspenseful, gripping documentary that features an engaging cross section of American children.

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Eight kids of wildly disparate ethnic, class, and regional backgrounds are followed from their individual hometowns to Washington D.C. for the National Spelling Bee Finals.more
Rating: G
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 20, 2004
Box Office: $5.5M
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Critic Reviews for Spellbound

All Critics (146) | Top Critics (36)

A charming and entertaining view into the world of the National Spelling Bee and a glimpse into the challenges its competitors face...

Full Review… | March 17, 2014
Cinema Crazed

Families should see this m-a-r-v-e-l-o-u-s film.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

...an effervescently charming film

Full Review… | January 29, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

It expands as it goes until, by the end, it presents a hopeful overview of American life. It's a wonderful movie.

Full Review… | July 6, 2004
F5 (Wichita, KS)

One of the words that came up in the competition was hellebore - which was ironic, because it was exactly at that point that I realized I was hella bored with this film

Full Review… | June 1, 2004

A tribute to old-fashioned virtues of hard work, education, competition — and good spelling in a spellchecker age.

Full Review… | March 2, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Spellbound


im glad i only won the school spelling bee and not the regionals because i would probably be one of the hopeless nerds on this dvd

Coxxie Mild Sauce

Super Reviewer

The hardships and stifes of the American Spelling Bee contestant are exemplified in this grueling documentary chronicling the climb and competitive drive of some of America's most intelligent and note worthy spellers ever.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

A good watch. Most of the kids involved are fun to learn about except for the one who talks a hundred miles an hour and has to be one of the most annoying kids in the world.
Well made and really gets you into the hype.

Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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