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Akeelah and the Bee


Genre :

Drama, Family

Release Date :

April 28, 2006

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Doug Atchison

Starring :

Keke Palmer, Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Jeff Marlow, Sara Niemietz, Eddie Steeples

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  2 of 5 [Rate It]

4 of 5

“..touching and funny..”
by Leana Donofrio [Sun Newspapers of Cleveland]
4.5 of 5

“..smart and well-crafted - and truly perfect for the whole family..”
by Calvin Wilson [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
4 of 5

“..positive, gentle, and ultimately uplifting without ever making its audience feel overly manipulated..”
by Andrea Chase [Killer Movie Reviews]
4 of 4

“..one of those rare films that communicates its message clearly and succinctly on multiple levels..”
by John Hayes [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
3.5 of 4

“..goes beyond being the most worthwhile family movie in ages..”
by Ed Blank [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
“..does particularly well by the effervescent performances of its juvenile cast..”
by Michael Rechtshaffen [The Hollywood Reporter]
4.5 of 5

“..An inspirational spelling bee movie..”
by Scott Brown [Entertainment Weekly]
3 of 4

“..an engaging story of a little girl who learns to dream big..”
by Pam Grady [Reel]
8 of 10

“..a solid drama with rich characters and enough charm to make it one of the better family films released in the last few months..”
by Edward Douglas [Comingsoon]
4.5 of 5
Reviewed by Nancy Churnin [The Dallas Morning News]
4 of 5
Reviewed by Kathy Cano Murillo [The Arizona Republic]
3.5 of 4
Reviewed by Sara M. Fetters [MovieFreak]
3.5 of 5
Reviewed by [E! Online]
3.5 of 5
Reviewed by Nathan Rabin [The Onion A.V. Club]
3 of 5
Reviewed by Rachel Gordon [Filmcritic]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Jack Mathews [New York Daily News]
3 of 5
Reviewed by Christine James [Boxoffice Magazine]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Jeff Vice [Deseret News, Salt Lake City]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Wesley Morris [Boston Globe]
3 of 5
Reviewed by David Germain [The Hartford Courant]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Cathy Jakicic [The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]
2.5 of 4
Reviewed by Michael Phillips [Chicago Tribune]
2.5 of 4
Reviewed by Nick Schager [Slant Magazine]
2.5 of 5
Reviewed by Marrit Ingman [Austin Chronicle]
2 of 5
Reviewed by Eric Lurio [Greenwich Village Gazette]
1.5 of 4
Reviewed by Jan Stuart [Newsday]
Reviewed by Ken Eisner [Georgia Straight]
Reviewed by John Thomason [Orlando Weekly]
Reviewed by MaryAnn Johanson [The Flick Filosopher]
Reviewed by Jean Lowerison [San Diego Metropolitan]

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“..this is one of those movies that's not very good but not so offensively bad that I regret ever seeing it. No doubt, it's also something I probably won't remember in a week..”
by Brian Oliver [The Movieman]


“..like a counterfeit handbag: It looks great but falls apart when you reach into it..”
by Rafer Guzman [Newsday]


“..thoroughly predictable, and despite an original setup, the movie never rouses the emotions..”
by Marjorie Baumgarten [Austin Chronicle]


“..the stories are horrifying, but essential to hear..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


“..a horror movie with an anti-globalist bent that's more interesting than its halfhearted scares..”
by Sara Stewart [New York Post]


“..delivering a highly stylized widescreen revenge picture loaded with weapons and driven entirely by "superficial action"..”
by Peter Debruge [Variety]


“..the film isn't particularly convincing either as a rousing anthology of bloodsport set pieces or a deeply felt portrait of revenge and reunion..”
by Vadim Rizov [A.V. Club]

'71 :

“..the hard-charging debut feature from TV director Yann Demange, makes us live every vivid, violent moment with him, the threat of death lurking at every turn..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]


“..undoubtedly a remarkable achievement, especially for a first-time filmmaker..”
by Jordan Hoffman [Film.com]


“..still, "The Lazarus Effect," clocking in at a brief 86 minutes, doesn't go far enough, isn't scary enough and has mad scientists who just aren't mad enough..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]