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Akeelah and the Bee Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat
June 3, 2006
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
June 3, 2006
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.
David N. Butterworth
June 3, 2006
Director Atchison succinctly separates the film's emotional core from a surfeit of cornball classism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
June 3, 2006
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Sara Brady
Premiere Magazine
June 3, 2006
A lovely, touching story, Akeelah might be too pretty to be believable, but it's transporting nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
June 3, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 1, 2006
Undermined by an over-scripted plot and gooey sentiment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
May 28, 2006
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Jim Judy
Screen It!
May 25, 2006
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 | Original Score: 7/10
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald
May 19, 2006
Joyfully uplifting, 'Akeelah and the Bee' is quietly, one of the year's finest.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
May 19, 2006
Hollywood has finally realized academic competitions can be just as dramatic as athletics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
May 12, 2006
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
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
May 9, 2006
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.
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Jackie K. Cooper
May 7, 2006
It won't happen but everyone should make a beeline to go see this movie
Full Review| Original Score: 8/10
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
May 5, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
May 5, 2006
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+
Matt Pais
May 4, 2006
A feel-good movie that will bring you back to the days when you were excited about learning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 3, 2006
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 | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 3, 2006
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
Rubin Safaya
May 3, 2006
It had the potential... to be great had it avoided running lockstep with the structure of lesser films.
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