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Akeelah and the Bee Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat

A film like this has to be seen. It's beautiful, it's encouraging, and it really inspires its audience to commit to something positive. Films such as this can not be merely forgotten.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

June 3, 2006
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

One could quibble about the need for another spelling bee film, but at least this one has some fine performances and a worthwhile message to recommend it.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

June 3, 2006
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Director Atchison succinctly separates the film's emotional core from a surfeit of cornball classism.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 3/4

June 3, 2006
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

This is the kind of movie that audiences gather to their hearts (see Finding Neverland, Good Will Hunting, etc.), and it seems almost churlish to resist.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 4/5

June 3, 2006
Sara Brady
Premiere Magazine

A lovely, touching story, Akeelah might be too pretty to be believable, but it's transporting nonetheless.

Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

June 3, 2006
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle

Akeelah has lofty goals, and though it doesn't always achieve them, it is a rewarding tale for public educators, parents, and kids with big dreams.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 3, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Undermined by an over-scripted plot and gooey sentiment.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 1, 2006
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review

I cannot find the words to express my joy and elation over this movie and my love for it. As ironic as that is, I'm speechless with happiness.

Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review | Original Score: 5/5

May 28, 2006
Jim Judy
Screen It!

While some might spell 'predictable' as H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D, this film manages to take that very quality and polish it off enough that the resultant offering feels fresh, engaging and highly entertaining.

Full Review Source: Screen It! | Original Score: 7/10

May 25, 2006
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald

Joyfully uplifting, 'Akeelah and the Bee' is quietly, one of the year's finest.

Full Review Source: Oregon Herald | Original Score: 5/5

May 19, 2006
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

Hollywood has finally realized academic competitions can be just as dramatic as athletics.

Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal | Original Score: 3/4

May 19, 2006
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly

The message remains fantastic for kids, even if the director allows his events to teeter toward comical near the end.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 12, 2006
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

It's the kind of assured work that should be a filmmaker's breakthrough, but is so good-natured it's at risk of going unrecognized.

Full Review

May 9, 2006
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com

It won't happen but everyone should make a beeline to go see this movie

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10

May 7, 2006
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

Atchinson has a winning touch with his young cast, but he gets stung by the ethnic stereotyping and the one-dimensional portrayals by his adult leads.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 5, 2006
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

What the movie gets exactly right is its knowledge that for some, realizing their first major accomplishment has nothing to do with throwing a touchdown or getting on base. For someone like Akeelah, correctly spelling a difficult world can prove the earl

| Original Score: B+

May 5, 2006
Matt Pais
Metromix.com

A feel-good movie that will bring you back to the days when you were excited about learning.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 3/4

May 4, 2006
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

There's just too much charm, too much heart, too much obvious sincerity and too much genuine quality to allow the film to be blown off.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

May 3, 2006
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

An 11-year-old word wizard from the inner city longs for a little r-e-s-p-e-c-t, as Aretha Franklin sings in pop music's most famous spelling test. We know she'll get it; what's remarkable is that writer-director Doug Atchison earns our respect as well.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 3, 2006
Rubin Safaya
Cinemalogue.com

It had the potential... to be great had it avoided running lockstep with the structure of lesser films.

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

May 3, 2006
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