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Akeelah and the Bee

Rated PG for some language.

PG In Theaters 04/28/2006 , 107min.
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June 07, 2011
One word: Amazing!

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
By turns funny, affecting tale. Full Review
Claudia Puig
USA Today
You could be cynical about the first movie produced by the coffee colossus Starbucks. But there's nothing cynical about Akeelah's story of courage and determination. Full Review
Justin Chang
This earnest weepie plays like "The Karate Kid" with a pro-literacy agenda, pushing all the right emotional buttons yet hitting quite a few wrong ones in the process. Full Review
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
A genuinely sweet and determinedly inspirational family film that features a charming young actress in the title role. It's a successful feel-good movie, but it would make you feel even better if it didn't push quite so hard for its desired effects. Full Review
Lawrence Van Gelder
The New York Times
The innate suspense and charm of the spelling bee, along with a trio of crack performances, turn what is in essence a formulaic sports picture into something more satisfying: an underdog tale that manages to inspire without being sappy. Full Review

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