Akeelah and the Bee Synopsis
An 11-year-old girl living in South Los Angeles discovers she has a talent for spelling.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Keke Palmer, a young Chicago actress whose first role was as Queen Latifah's niece in "Barbershop 2," becomes an important young star with...
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88

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
All the gears, in fact, are shamelessly visible, yet they lock smoothly and resonantly into place. If Akeelah and the Bee is a generic,...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Scott Brown
Blessed with excellent turns by Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne, this feel-gooder revels in its hip-to-be-square hyperliteracy, and...
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75

Premiere

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The climactic spelling bee sequence is as tautly written and edited as any gridiron drama, and Palmer's performance here is truly gripping.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
In its final act, Akeelah is as exciting as any Final Four matchup. What it may lack in cinematic art it compensates for in abecedarian...
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
I'm not sure how tolerable this would be without Palmer's charm, because this is a formulated script where everything is tied up in perfect...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Akeelah and the Bee connects where it counts most, on an emotional level. Only a curmudgeon could watch this feisty but vulnerable...
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75

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Sentimental, manipulative, predictable and utterly charming.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Effectively anchoring the picture is Keke Palmer's lovely lead performance as Akeelah Anderson.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
You could be cynical about the first movie produced by the coffee colossus Starbucks. But there's nothing cynical about Akeelah's story of...
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A Pleasant Film

By filmreal
"Akeelah and the Bee" is a sweet film that will be enjoyed by everyone in your family. The story is simple, but in a good way. Keke Palmer's performance was outstanding, and her supporting cast was...

Boring

By christmas-baby
I remember seeing this movie when I was younger and I remember thinking it was boring. Not much happens....

This movie INSPIRED MY LIFE!

By Cool Movie Guy
Read the title!...

A diamond in the Rough

By FlickFan
This was truly a surprise for me and my family-- a pleasant surprise. Great family movie! It was very inspiring and well worth the money to buy it and the time to watch it over and over. I highly...

A good watch

By Alxbstn2000
Great story perfect for the family. Cast was awesome! A must see if u haven't seen it already....

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Rated PG | For some language.
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 8+ Inspiring drama about a champion speller; OK for tweens.
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