Akeelah and the Bee
Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

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;… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 28, 2006
DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A warm, family-friendly underdog story, featuring terrific supporting performances from Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne, and Angela Bassett.

Jessica Winter
Time Out

Its clichés seem bigger and its characterisations broader than they would on the more forgiving telly.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Keke Palmer, who's been working in television and movies for the past few years, is a natural on screen.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

It isn't just about the competition. It is about heart, dedication, intelligence and the pulling together of a entire community.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

... it's easy to overlook that contrivance, because the movie's heart is so clearly in the right place.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

It's the kind of movie parents will want their kids to see as opposed to much of what's playing at the multiplex.

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Robert Davis
Paste Magazine

Akeelah and the Bee is the kind of movie you want to recommend to every 11-year-old you know.

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Susan Walker
Toronto Star

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.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

... a delight to sit through ...

Christopher Campbell

The best thing ... is that, unlike the majority of sports films, the film doesn't suggest that spelling has some kind of transcendental importance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
EightThirty .
31/07/2010 (TELEVISION) This is something different in topic but still uses a plot and story-structure that is very familiar, but otherwise it's still a… More
Edward Boxler
It follows a formulaic plot structure, but I really liked how it explored the cultural and social divisions amongst classes in Los Angeles.
Jason Lalljee
Almost every spelling bee movie ever made is cheesy and totally predictable. Akeelah and the Bee, though, is a very clever, well crafted, beautiful movie.… More
Drew Smith
Akeelah and the Bee is predictable, but honest enough for you to not care. It's also an interesting study on the competition itself - as a former spelling… More
erika bruhns
This film was an eye opener to what its like for someone who wants to be in a spelling bee.
Dean McKenna
Absolutely emotional and heart-warming drama story of an 11-year-old girl hoping to represent her community at the National Spelling Bee. Laurence Fishburne… More