Akeelah and the Bee

Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
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  1. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    60
    There's charm in this simple underdog tale, but clunky plotting and characterisation mean it has 'telemovie' written all over it.
  2. It is a rewarding tale for public educators, parents, and kids with big dreams.
  3. 50
    It's unfortunate that the lack of originality in plot and character keeps Akeelah and the Bee stuck firmly in "After-School Special" territory.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 79 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 32
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 32
  3. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. Jun 2, 2015
    0
    This movie is AWFUL, I can't believe it got a 72, it deserves a 7.2. We're watching this in class, and I wish we were actually doing classworkThis movie is AWFUL, I can't believe it got a 72, it deserves a 7.2. We're watching this in class, and I wish we were actually doing classwork instead of watching it, that's how bad it is. There's a cliche every 5 seconds and it's insanely cringe worthy at almost all moments, it's not even remotely realistic, how do people like this? **** this movie. Full Review »
  2. Apr 7, 2015
    6
    akeelah and the bee is a decent film. the problem is that I think something they take the spelling bee to serious. but other then that I sayakeelah and the bee is a decent film. the problem is that I think something they take the spelling bee to serious. but other then that I say this is a decent film. Full Review »
  3. Apr 27, 2014
    1
    i already seen keke win the spelling be a thousands of times . this movie is gay an i can not believe critics are loving this . Gradei already seen keke win the spelling be a thousands of times . this movie is gay an i can not believe critics are loving this . Grade F.......................................................................... Full Review »