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Akeelah and the Bee Reviews

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Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
May 2, 2006
There's never a moment when we're not certain everything will turn out OK. But to suggest a film bursting with such heart and good cheer should be any other way is a crime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
May 1, 2006
it's not only stupid, it's dim-witted, brainless and obtuse to the point of being insulting to the audience.
| Original Score: 2/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
May 1, 2006
Here's a story of courage, destiny, defying the odds, and, oh yes, a girl how can really spell.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Angela Baldassarre
Sympatico.ca
April 30, 2006
"Akeelah and the Bee" is another contribution to the latest spate of dramatic adaptations of documentaries.
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
April 29, 2006
Keke Palmer's performance delivers on the script's promise.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Anderson Jones
FilmStew.com
April 28, 2006
E-x-h-i-l-i-r-a-t-o-r-y-; g-l-a-d-d-e-n-i-n-g; s-a-l-u-b-r-i-o-u-s. Spell it any way you want, this one's a keeper.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
April 28, 2006
An uplifting film about a ghetto child who makes good, but the script is marred by several extremely contrived and needlessly schmaltzy moments. ... Spellbound is so much better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 28, 2006
... it's easy to overlook that contrivance, because the movie's heart is so clearly in the right place.
Dan Fienberg
Zap2it.com
April 28, 2006
Atchison's film relentlessly rams warm fuzzies down your throat and you know what? For all of the cliches and cringe-worthy dialogue, I found it nearly impossible to stay mad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 28, 2006
Great family films often entertain and inspire, but Akeelah and the Bee teaches useful words as well.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
April 28, 2006
Sentimental, manipulative, predictable and utterly charming, writer-director Doug Atchison's underdog tale revolves around an indifferent student who blossoms after heeding the siren call of competitive spelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
April 28, 2006
The latest spelling bee movie is a Starbucks Entertainment product, and it has a made-to-order feel about it, kind of like a compilation album.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 28, 2006
Keke Palmer, who's been working in television and movies for the past few years, is a natural on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
April 28, 2006
It's the kind of movie parents will want their kids to see as opposed to much of what's playing at the multiplex.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
April 28, 2006
The movie is sweetly enjoyable, requiring only the ABCs of simple human identification.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
April 28, 2006
Without turning overtly preachy, Akeelah and the Bee puts forth a commendable message of the success that can follow hope and hard work.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Pam Grady
Reel.com
April 28, 2006
... an engaging story of a little girl who learns to dream big ...
| Original Score: 3/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
April 28, 2006
Akeelah isn't quite in the class of the movies that inspired it. But it captures the spirit of what made Spellbound so likeable ...
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 28, 2006
... a delight to sit through ...
| Original Score: 3/5
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
April 28, 2006
... it should fit quite snugly next to the inoffensive music CDs in the coffee chain's countertop racks.
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