Akeelah and the Bee (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

Akeelah and the Bee (2006)



Critic Consensus: Although predictable in every way, a winning performance from its young star Keke Palmer and the rest of the cast makes it difficult not to cheer for the little heroine of Akeelah and the Bee. Sort of like Rocky for the middle school nerd set, Akeelah is a warm, family-friendly underdog story, featuring terrific supporting performances from Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett.

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Akeelah Anderson is a precocious 11-year-old girl from south Los Angeles with a gift for words. Despite the objections of her mother Tanya, Akeelah enters various spelling contests, for which she is tutored by the forthright Dr. Larabee; her principal Mr. Welch and the proud residents of her neighborhood. Akeelah's aptitude earns her an opportunity to compete for a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee and in turn unites her neighbors who witness the courage and inspiration of one amazing little girl.more
Rating: PG (for some language)
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Doug Atchison
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 29, 2006
Box Office: $18.8M
Lionsgate Releasing - Official Site


Keke Palmer
as Akeelah
Laurence Fishburne
as Dr. Larabee
Eddie Steeples
as Derrick-T
Dalia Phillips
as Ms. Cross
Tzi Ma
as Mr. Chiu
Craig Wasson
as Ted Saunders
Sahara Garey
as Georgia
Jumper Lark
as Young Reporter
Marjorie Harris
as National Spelling Be...
Krysten Leigh Jones
as Tough Girl #1
Jacques Bailly
as National Spelling Be...
Jeff Marlow
as District Judge
Amirah Hawkins
as Tough Girl #2
Lee Garlington
as Regional Judge
Chloé Conroy
as District Pronouncer
Sidney Ganis
as Regional Pronouncer
Sid Ganis
as Regional Pronouncer
Janet Borrus
as Cheating Boy's Mom
Wolfgang Bodison
as Akeelah's Father
Caroline J. Smith
as Mary Calveretti
Neil Soni
as Rajeev Subramonian
Jack Ong
as Korean Grocer
Fay Hauser
as Woman On Tv
Keshell Lucas
as Little Girl On TV
Corina Boettger
as Red-Haired Girl
Shyann Chatman
as Eighth-Grade Girl
Todd Wagner
as Regional Bee Assista...
Brittany Elizabeth C...
as District Speller #1
Alexandra Rieger
as District Speller #2
Eric Don
as Regional Speller #1
Julia Kelleher
as Regional Speller #2
Zachary Gardner
as Regional Speller #3
John A. Ausick
as "Sacciform" Speller
Maddy Kloss
as "Scutellate" Speller
Lynda Mason Green
as "Longicollis" Spelle...
Jessy J. Hwang
as "Ginglymus" Speller
Biplab Panda
as "Empennage" Speller
Alexander Christian ...
as "Souchong" Speller
Katie L. Brown
as "Intussusception" Sp...
John Oxenreiter
as "Engastrimythic" Spe...
Katie Olson
as "Escharotic" Speller
Jason Ortenberg
as "Flocculation" Spell...
Lance Norling
as Boy In Wheelchair
Jason Ortenberg
as "Flocculation" Spell...
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Critic Reviews for Akeelah and the Bee

All Critics (138) | Top Critics (33)

Its clichés seem bigger and its characterisations broader than they would on the more forgiving telly.

Full Review… | August 17, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It isn't just about the competition. It is about heart, dedication, intelligence and the pulling together of a entire community.

Full Review… | November 24, 2010
Laramie Movie Scope

Akeelah and the Bee is the kind of movie you want to recommend to every 11-year-old you know.

Full Review… | June 8, 2008
Paste Magazine

The best thing ... is that, unlike the majority of sports films, the film doesn't suggest that spelling has some kind of transcendental importance.

Full Review… | September 18, 2007

It's hard to believe the best family film so far this year comes from a writer-director whose previous film bears the unfortunate title The Pornographer.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Big Picture Big Sound

Fine performances all around and smart pacing that rivets us to the story.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Akeelah and the Bee


31/07/2010 (TELEVISION)

This is something different in topic but still uses a plot and story-structure that is very familiar, but otherwise it's still a worthy film to see.

Another "Rags to Riches" theme but with a very interesting topic which had my eyes glued because my interest was very stimulated,

"Akeelah and the Bee" is a great movie that squeezed hope out of me and made my experience a real journey. A decent choice for all.

EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

Almost every spelling bee movie ever made is cheesy and totally predictable. Akeelah and the Bee, though, is a very clever, well crafted, beautiful movie. It's young but talented cast are admirable, and will have you cheering them on all the way.

Jason Lalljee
Jason Lalljee

Super Reviewer

This film was an eye opener to what its like for someone who wants to be in a spelling bee.

erika bruhns

Super Reviewer

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