Critics Consensus

A suspenseful, gripping documentary that features an engaging cross section of American children.



Total Count: 139


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Movie Info

Eight kids of wildly disparate ethnic, class, and regional backgrounds are followed from their individual hometowns to Washington D.C. for the National Spelling Bee Finals.


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  • Oct 17, 2012
    A fabulous documentary on spelling bees that is very compelling to watch. It certainly beats the fictional "bee" movie Akeelah and the Bee. Real people make real drama.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2009
    I still find it hilarious how seriously all these families take this. And the attitudes are scary - one girl is doing the spelling bees because she wants to be the best at something and she already knows friends who are better than her at other things she's good at. For the most part, these kids would have a better idea how to spell if they just read a lot of interesting books instead of studying spelling. Crazy..
    Angela A Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2009
    It was incredible to see these kids study for the national spelling bee eight hours a day!!! They really wanted it BAD, some didn't even like spelling but wanted to prove they were the best. Some wanted to please their parents, some were newbies that made it by sheer luck. Harry Altman was hilarious! I got some good laughs.
    Dannielle A Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2009
    im glad i only won the school spelling bee and not the regionals because i would probably be one of the hopeless nerds on this dvd
    Coxxie M Super Reviewer

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