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Based on 35 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    There's more palm-sweating suspense in one minute of this baby than in all of "The Omen." show more

  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Opens up a world of words. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    If it's challenges you're after, forget cracking "The Da Vinci Code." Wordplay captures the exhilaration that comes from navigating the ins and outs of complex puzzles. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    What's an eight-letter word for a non-fiction feature that is witty, wise and wonderful? "Wordplay." show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    In segments such as the Reagle and Clinton interviews, where character is revealed via puzzle style, Wordplay succeeds. The film is less successful when it travels to the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    In this documentary, I learn there are people who can solve a Monday New York Times puzzle in less than three minutes - without looking words up! I don't necessarily want to know these people, but they put on a good show at the annual crossword championship in Stamford, Ct., which is the centerpiece of this affectionate, smartly-done promo for puzzling. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    While puzzles are not most peoples' lives, they are truly an essential part. Wordplay goes up/down and across on the varied reasons why more than 50 million Americans do a crossword puzzle every week. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    It's also very cleverly edited - one scene will often branching off from another in much the same way a crossword puzzle works - and features a bang-up ending that will actually leave you cheering over a word game. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    When I first heard about Wordplay, I assumed I wouldn't have an ort of interest. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The film is made with a lot of style and visual ingenuity. show more

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