Akeelah and the Bee
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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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Its clichés seem bigger and its characterisations broader than they would on the more forgiving telly."
‑ Jessica Winter, Time Out
"Keke Palmer, who's been working in television and movies for the past few years, is a natural on screen."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"It isn't just about the competition. It is about heart, dedication, intelligence and the pulling together of a entire community."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"It's hard to believe the best family film so far this year comes from a writer-director whose previous film bears the unfortunate title The Pornographer."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"This is a film that couldn't be more predictable or more joyful. I just hope I haven't misspelled anything."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"... it's easy to overlook that contrivance, because the movie's heart is so clearly in the right place."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"It's the kind of movie parents will want their kids to see as opposed to much of what's playing at the multiplex."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"Akeelah and the Bee is the kind of movie you want to recommend to every 11-year-old you know."
‑ Robert Davis, Paste Magazine
"Fine performances all around and smart pacing that rivets us to the story."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"...a sporadically engaging drama."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"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."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"... a delight to sit through ..."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The best thing ... is that, unlike the majority of sports films, the film doesn't suggest that spelling has some kind of transcendental importance."
‑ Christopher Campbell, Cinematical
"Any parents wondering why they don't make wholesome family flicks anymore can stop wondering."
‑ Kam Williams, AALBC.com
"If there's ever any evidence that originality and predictability aren't necessarily absolute elements by which to judge a movie, Akeelah and the Bee is it."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
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