Spellbound
Spellbound (2002)

Eight youngsters vie for one of the most hotly contested academic awards in the United States in this documentary. Every spring, the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee attracts students from all over the United States, and filmmaker Jeff… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: January 20, 2004
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A suspenseful, gripping documentary that features an engaging cross section of American children.

Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

Spellbound is not a great piece of filmmaking, but it is more entertaining than you might expect from a story whose heroes are all brainiacs.

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

A genuinely charming and often funny documentary about the high-pressured world of competitive spelling.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A charming and entertaining view into the world of the National Spelling Bee and a glimpse into the challenges its competitors face...

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Spellbound finds its thrills with nary a chase scene nor a quick cut; it's a simple and utterly gripping story about kids, words and a microphone.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Whatever else it may be, this is also a film about being young, hopeful and focused.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Families should see this m-a-r-v-e-l-o-u-s film.

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

When a child stands at the microphone and frantically writes invisible letters on her hand, we can't help but love each and every one of these people.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

An unpretentious classic of the form.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...an effervescently charming film

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Coxxie Mild Sauce
im glad i only won the school spelling bee and not the regionals because i would probably be one of the hopeless nerds on this dvd
Jason Spencer
A good watch. Most of the kids involved are fun to learn about except for the one who talks a hundred miles an hour and has to be one of the most annoying kids… More
Spencer S.
The hardships and stifes of the American Spelling Bee contestant are exemplified in this grueling documentary chronicling the climb and competitive drive of… More
El Hombre Invisible
ENGAGNG DOCUMENTARY TAHT RILLY SHOWS DA HEART CHILDRAN POUR OUT IN2 THEYRE SPALNG BA COMP3TITION!!11!!11 OMG WTF AVERY KID SI A CHARACT3R!1!1!!11 OMG IM ABLE 2… More
Anthony Lawrie
A nice simple documentary following some interesting kids. I can?t help but think that maybe it?s all a little sugar coated though, some of the parents seem to… More
Jennifer Xu
adorable movie. i love harry.

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