Word Wars
Word Wars (2004)

The directorial debut of filmmakers Eric Chaikin and Julian Petrillo, Word Wars: Tiles and Tribulations on the Scrabble Circuit is a humorous documentary look at the culture surrounding the National Scrabble Tournament. Focusing on four… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 2004
DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Fascinating look inside the world of competitive Scrabble.

Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

Chaikin and Petrillo have crafted an empathetic and revealing portrait of four men whose obsession is both a little bit sad and more than a little bit recognizable.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Compellingly watchable.

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David Cornelius

Even with so much information lacking, Word Wars is still quite a treat.

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Joe Leydon

There's a pronounced lack of emotional pay-off that likely will derail any attempts to position Word Wars as an aud-friendly crowd-pleaser with breakout potential comparable to Spellbound.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

The film fairly skips along as it introduces us to this strange world.

E! Online

Mostly lighthearted, yet somewhat unnerving.

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Kim Morgan
L.A. Weekly

The picture offers a funny but frequently sad portrait of four world-class gamesters in serious need of the $25,000 in prize money.

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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger

A surprisingly entertaining documentary that captures the triumph, the heartbreak and the consonants of the competitive Scrabble circuit.

Shirley Sealy
Film Journal International

You'll be on the edge of your seat to find out who wins, and how the losers take it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
An extraordinary band of misfits embark on trying to win a Scrabble tournament. I love seeing people with such eccentricities. I enjoy a good game of Scrabble,… More
Megan S
This was pretty cool. It was presented in a more interesting way than the spelling video with cool little visual effects and stuff. The guy from Baltimore was… More
Nani Vang
My boyfriend is weird, so he makes me watch all these documentaries with him...which I tend to enjoy for the most part. Word Wars is about a group of guys… More
Wu Chouin
If you're a fan of scrabble, you will like this doc. The subjects are obsessed with the popular board game.
James Alvarez
A sad yet interesting look into the world of Scrabble and the people who try to make a living winning small cash prizes.
Sarah Prisbylla
Surprisngly interesting and unexpected look into the world of competitive scrabble.