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Akeelah and the Bee Reviews

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 21, 2006
A sentimental attempt to piggyback on the continued popularity of Spellbound.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric D. Snider
April 28, 2006
Stands there with a straight face and tells us it's an inspiring, ennobling story of dedication and triumph ... when in fact it's an utterly derivative, 100-percent-recycled, completely forgettable story of dedication and triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 28, 2006
Akeelah and the Bee is so warm and well-meaning that you may find yourself wanting to like it more than you really do.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
April 25, 2006
Utilizes every cliché in the book to hammer its point home with maximum sugar content.
| Original Score: 2/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 28, 2006
The audience for this slender effort is still in grade school with little new and different to recommend it for anyone older than, say, the age of 12.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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Jan Stuart
April 27, 2006
Where Spellbound generated crackling suspense in its competition climax, Akeelah is virtually suspense-free, even with an attempt to wring a twist on its pre-determined outcome.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 28, 2006
Akeelah and the Bee is not short on inspiration, emotion and uplift, but would go down better without all the refined sugar.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 28, 2006
Akeelah and the Bee won a screenplay contest a few years ago, and it reads as if its writer studied too many screenplays first.
| Original Score: 2/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
April 28, 2006
Dramatically jerry-rigged in every possible way.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Hanks
Independent (UK)
August 19, 2006
The film has an important, uplifting message; shame it couldn't be encased in a less faked-up story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
August 18, 2006
There's charm in this simple underdog tale, but clunky plotting and characterisation mean it has 'telemovie' written all over it. You'd be better off renting Spellbound instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rachel Gordon
April 27, 2006
The trouble comes in the form of repetitive saccharine that seeps through most of the more dramatic conversations, and especially through the extraordinarily cheesy soundtrack
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 27, 2006
Nice but more than a little formulaic...like a family telefilm that's migrated somewhat uncomfortably to theatres.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 27, 2006
Here's a word for you. Can you spell p-r-e-d-i-c-t-a-b-l-e?
| Original Score: 2/4
Marc Mohan
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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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
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
Neil Smith
August 15, 2006
As much a fantasy as Lord of the Rings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight
June 3, 2006

Irish Times
January 5, 2007
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