Akeelah and the Bee
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A young girl learns to believe in herself and value her intelligence in this critically-acclaimed, family-friendly drama. Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer) is an 11-year-old being raised by her mother, Tanya (Angela Bassett), who was left on her own after the death of her husband. While Akeelah is a very bright girl, she's hardly a star student and seems afraid of acting like a bookworm around her friends and classmates. However, Akeelah's teacher sees genuine potential in her student and encourages her to enter the school's spelling bee, convinced Akeelah has the brains and the… More

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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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