Spellbound Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
March 17, 2014
A charming and entertaining view into the world of the National Spelling Bee and a glimpse into the challenges its competitors face...
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Families should see this m-a-r-v-e-l-o-u-s film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
...an effervescently charming film
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 6, 2004
It expands as it goes until, by the end, it presents a hopeful overview of American life. It's a wonderful movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
June 1, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
March 2, 2004
A tribute to old-fashioned virtues of hard work, education, competition — and good spelling in a spellchecker age.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
March 1, 2004
"Spellbound" puts you in the middle of the stressful chaos that is the National Spelling Bee.
| Original Score: B+
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
February 26, 2004
Has no right to be this insanely involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 9, 2004
...has more heartfelt drama than in a whole alphabet of X-Men sequels. You won't need to look this one up: Spellbound is bound to please.
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
January 21, 2004
There's not a frame of Spellbound that leaves you wanting to look away from the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
January 19, 2004
Um documentário sobre soletração que consegue prender nossa atenção e, em alguns momentos, nos emocionar? É incrível, mas aqui está ele.
| Original Score: 4/5
Joshua Tanzer
Offoffoff
December 31, 2003
What we see are real, uncensored personalities. These kids are bright beyond their years but still have a lot of kid in them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
November 6, 2003
Inspiring, enthralling and spectacularly entertaining, Spellbound is a poignant, funny, award-winning documentary about bright kids striving for their dreams.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 5, 2003
This is the best 2002 documentary I have seen, even better than 'Winged Migration' or 'Bowling for Columbine.'
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mark Adnum
FILMINK (Australia)
October 26, 2003
a treasure, and more thrilling and suspenseful than most big action movies
Paul Arendt
Teletext
October 24, 2003
'Extremely funny.'
Jamie Russell
BBC.com
October 22, 2003
A hilarious look at one of America's best-loved institutions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
October 16, 2003
builds a surprising amount of suspense... It's sometimes agonizing to see these young faces fall as they confront such enemies as "obsimath," "cephalagia" and the dreaded "kookaburra"...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
October 9, 2003
Exhilarating and suspenseful.
Full Review | Original Score: A
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
October 7, 2003
It might be spellbinding, but the theming of this indie documentary is mismanaged and it lacks a voice for its subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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