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Based on 34 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    By the time they're onstage, your pulse is pounding right along with theirs. Spell this movie: g-r-e-a-t. show more

  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Resembles a Christopher Guest movie in that it follows obsessed, socially awkward folks on a seminal journey in their lives. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Casts a potent spell. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    More to the point of this marvelous film, who knew there were kids as heroic, in their various ways, as these valiant super-spellers? show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    I love this movie, and I love the pride, spirit and sportsmanship of the kids who represent the best of American pluck and luck. show more

  • 63
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    This could be a documentary about reading the body language of childhood. show more

  • 100
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    At its most unsettling level, Spellbound asks us to consider what words are for and what childhood should be. It's as profound as anything you'll see this year, and, yes, it should have won the Oscar. show more

  • 100
    Brooke Hauser Premiere

    While it may be excruciating to watch a speller miss a word by a letter, it's just as exciting to watch another kid jump the hurdle. show more

  • 88
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    Boasts all of the drama and suspense of any reality TV show, but it actually stars smart people. And they're kids. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    The terrific Spellbound really isn't about the ability to tear words apart letter by letter. It's about nerve-wracking competitiveness. show more

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