Akeelah and the Bee


Akeelah and the Bee

Critics Consensus

A warm, family-friendly underdog story, featuring terrific supporting performances from Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne, and Angela Bassett.



Total Count: 140


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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.

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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 Bee Head Judge
Jacques Bailly
as National Spelling Bee Pronouncer
Krysten Leigh Jones
as Tough Girl #1
Amirah Hawkins
as Tough Girl #2
Jeff Marlow
as District Judge
Chloé Conroy
as District Pronouncer
Lee Garlington
as Regional Judge
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 Assistant Judge
Brittany Elizabeth Curran
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" Speller
Jessy J. Hwang
as "Ginglymus" Speller
Biplab Panda
as "Empennage" Speller
Alexander Christian Stephans
as "Souchong" Speller
Katie L. Brown
as "Intussusception" Speller
John Oxenreiter
as "Engastrimythic" Speller
Katie Olson
as "Escharotic" Speller
Jason Ortenberg
as "Flocculation" Speller
Lance Norling
as Boy In Wheelchair
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Critic Reviews for Akeelah and the Bee

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Audience Reviews for Akeelah and the Bee

  • Jul 14, 2011
    G-R-E-A-T, great! totally original, dramatic, and acts like a real movie. this is a smart and a real charmer of a family movie! easily one of the best films of 06. A+
    Juan C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2011
    I just love this movie. It is intelligent, vibrant, inspirational, captivating, and most of all moving. I would seriously recommend this picture to anyone especially to those who is just self obsessed watching action pictures. "Akeelah And The Bee" isn't just about a famous self obesessed spelling competition, the film digs deeper into the lives of Akeelah(played brilliantly by Keke Palmer) and the people who she meets and learns lessons from. This is a great movie and one of the best films I have seen.
    Brian R Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2011
    Very inspiring. However, I don't really think that the storyline was great. It was just okay, as well as the acting. It was very predictable, too. My favorite for this would be Dylan Chiu (Sean Michael Afable). He gave me and my female classmates butterflies. He's good-looking. Overall, a little above average.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2011
    The best thing about this little flick is prolly the acting. But it's also a rousing inspirational film.
    Jonathan G Super Reviewer

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