Akeelah and the Bee Reviews

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 24, 2010
It isn't just about the competition. It is about heart, dedication, intelligence and the pulling together of a entire community.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 8, 2008
Akeelah and the Bee is the kind of movie you want to recommend to every 11-year-old you know.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Campbell
Cinematical
September 18, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Fine performances all around and smart pacing that rivets us to the story.
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
January 22, 2007
Any parents wondering why they don't make wholesome family flicks anymore can stop wondering.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
December 9, 2006
This is a film that couldn't be more predictable or more joyful. I just hope I haven't misspelled anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 22, 2006
...a sporadically engaging drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
September 21, 2006
If there's ever any evidence that originality and predictability aren't necessarily absolute elements by which to judge a movie, Akeelah and the Bee is it.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
September 8, 2006
It's every bit as clichéd and predictable as you'd expect, but thanks to some fine performances, especially from the young leads, it is quite watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
August 31, 2006
While there's a temptation to dismiss Akeelah and the Bee as Good Will Spelling, there aren't enough (good) heartwarming films like this for either younger or older audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
August 26, 2006
It's hard not to fall in love with the film
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
August 19, 2006
Give it an m, i, s, s.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Robert Hanks
Independent
August 19, 2006
The film has an important, uplifting message; shame it couldn't be encased in a less faked-up story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
August 18, 2006
The young star is such a little cutey-pie and the plot so cleverly manipulative that, whatever its faults, you'll still have a lump in your throat throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
August 18, 2006
There's charm in this simple underdog tale, but clunky plotting and characterisation mean it has 'telemovie' written all over it. You'd be better off renting Spellbound instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
August 17, 2006
This isn't a patch on Spellbound ... but its strong performances and its skilful deployment of the finest, hand-picked cliches ensures that it remains enjoyable throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Jessica Winter
Time Out
August 17, 2006
Its clichés seem bigger and its characterisations broader than they would on the more forgiving telly.
Neil Smith
BBC.com
August 15, 2006
As much a fantasy as Lord of the Rings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
July 28, 2006
However eager to entertain and even to model some ways of living life, the film doesn't wheedle us for our love or our devotion, and perhaps for that reason, it earns both.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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