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This documentary film provides an in-depth look at "The New York Times" crossword puzzle, its editor Will Shortz and the wonderfully unique and loyal fan base Shortz has built and nurtured during his 12-year tenure at the paper.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Boy, was I wrong. There's more palm-sweating suspense in one minute of this baby than in all of The Omen."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"It manages to turn an internal, solitary activity into fodder for an engaging, even exciting movie."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"A poignant inside look into the world of crossover puzzles of the NY Times."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Patrick Creadon's documentary about the New York Times crossword puzzle's creators and fans is a positively joyful movie that will appeal even to audiences who have little affinity for the mind-bending puzzles."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Director Patrick Creadon has turned crossword puzzling into a spectator sport."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Even though these puzzles are mapped out with utmost precision -- and even though logic is an extremely useful tool for solving them -- they're still, somehow, objects of intrigue and mystery."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"There's a surface satisfaction to Wordplay that's absolutely undeniable. But there are also just enough smarts here to make you wish for something more."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"As pleasant and good-natured as Wordplay is, it's not exactly potent stuff""
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Similar in structure to the recent movie Spellbound, Wordplay is a fun documentary about an American institution and national habit."
‑ Robert Davis, Paste Magazine
"A five-letter synonym for this movie: Zzzzz."
‑ Phil Hall, EDGE Boston
"A playful, informative and very sweet documentary about the world of words 'across' or 'down.'"
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Manages to present lively and entertaining portraits of men and women who think in boxes while working outside of them."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"If the movie emphasizes anything, it affirms that common-interest societies like this ... all survive by sharing the traits of community, devotion, and mutual dedication."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"This movie is done so well that even if you're like me and don't do crossword puzzles, you'll still be entertained."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"Where Wordplay wins is not so much in the contest footage, but in its interviews with average, everyday crossword puzzle junkies."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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