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Akeelah and the Bee Reviews

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April 21, 2006
A sentimental attempt to piggyback on the continued popularity of Spellbound.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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-
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 25, 2006
Utilizes every cliché in the book to hammer its point home with maximum sugar content.
| Original Score: 2/4
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
June 1, 2006
Undermined by an over-scripted plot and gooey sentiment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 28, 2006
Dramatically jerry-rigged in every possible way.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
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
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
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+
April 27, 2006
Here's a word for you. Can you spell p-r-e-d-i-c-t-a-b-l-e?
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 28, 2006
... it should fit quite snugly next to the inoffensive music CDs in the coffee chain's countertop racks.
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
May 1, 2006
it's not only stupid, it's dim-witted, brainless and obtuse to the point of being insulting to the audience.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 15, 2006
As much a fantasy as Lord of the Rings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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