Spellbound Reviews

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Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
September 25, 2003
Provides a...unique perspective on diverse American values
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
September 25, 2003
It's absolutely f-a-s-c-i-n-a-t-i-n-g.
| Original Score: 4/4
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
August 27, 2003
Director Jeffrey Blitz has made a surprisingly suspenseful film that sharply observes the awkwardness of living as an intelligent adolescent in a society dedicated to the lowest common denominator.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 22, 2003
Simple and... pure.
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
August 21, 2003
Suspense doesn't get much better than it does in Spellbound, in the chasm of silence between the last letters uttered by a teen-age speller and their pained facial anticipation of the dinged bell signifying their error.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald
July 29, 2003
A documentary with a lot of warmth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
July 24, 2003
When the spellers arrive for the National Bee, Blitz imagines the lobby waterfall of the DC Hyatt as the New Eden of the American Dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
July 21, 2003
Witty, poignant and suspenseful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 21, 2003
After seeing Spellbound, you'll understand why the finals of the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee is broadcast on ESPN every year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
July 17, 2003
Even if you question the relevance of the event, [the film] remains interesting as a snapshot of various types of children, parents and communities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
July 17, 2003
A bittersweet story that is alternately comic, heartbreaking, insightful, festive and suspenseful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
July 17, 2003
Spellbound might follow eight juniors as they try to become champions, but director Jeffrey Blitz is really documenting the American Dream in action.
Top Critic
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
July 16, 2003
Spellbound is not a great piece of filmmaking, but it is more entertaining than you might expect from a story whose heroes are all brainiacs.
| Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 12, 2003
Inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
July 10, 2003
Terrific.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
July 9, 2003
remarkable film captures the spirit of this event with great intimacy and insight
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean O'Connell
Eclipse Magazine
July 9, 2003
To use a word I know these kids can spell, Blitz's Spellbound is spellbinding.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
July 2, 2003
The contest is far more interesting than you'd expect.
| Original Score: 6/10
Beth Jones
Roanoke Times (Virginia)
June 30, 2003
When the winner held the trophy high above her head, I couldn't help but feel a little sad. Will this girl spend her life consumed by work the way she was consumed by spelling? Does she know how to stretch out on the grass and marvel at the clouds? I'm ju
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 27, 2003
Spellbound finds its thrills with nary a chase scene nor a quick cut; it's a simple and utterly gripping story about kids, words and a microphone.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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