Spellbound

User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26

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  1. MichelleP.II
    Sep 12, 2003
    4
    In response to John H.- yes, I did get it. I understood the story, purpose, etc. No, I am not a Star Wars fan. By the way, liking movies is a matter of opinion. I said I wanted to like this film, and scaring me into liking it is just plain idiotic. I am not a fan of documentaries which may be the reason I didn't enjoy this film. Well-done, but it didn't capture my attention well In response to John H.- yes, I did get it. I understood the story, purpose, etc. No, I am not a Star Wars fan. By the way, liking movies is a matter of opinion. I said I wanted to like this film, and scaring me into liking it is just plain idiotic. I am not a fan of documentaries which may be the reason I didn't enjoy this film. Well-done, but it didn't capture my attention well enough. I'm glad you liked this movie better than I did, but that's no reason to go bashing other reviewers. Expand
  2. MichelleP.
    Jun 29, 2003
    4
    Hearing about the great reviews, how "compelling" and "suspensful" the movie was, I decided to give it a shot. The movie started out pretty good, with getting introduced to the spellers and such, but after a while, it began to drag and I didn't care about who was winning or losing. Not to mention it was bringing back all the pressure and horror in my days of school (when right now, Hearing about the great reviews, how "compelling" and "suspensful" the movie was, I decided to give it a shot. The movie started out pretty good, with getting introduced to the spellers and such, but after a while, it began to drag and I didn't care about who was winning or losing. Not to mention it was bringing back all the pressure and horror in my days of school (when right now, it's summer and I should be relaxing), and I couldn't help but think, "What's the point? This whole competition (sp?) is taking away their joy and happiness, and they're not doing it because they enjoy spelling, or because they'll change the world by doing this, but because they either: just want the trophy, or they want to show something they're good at/show they're better than everyone else. Why??" The reason I didn't find it suspensful may be because spelling bees are more thrilling if someone you know, who's your friend, relative, etc. is competing (sp?) in it. I really wanted to get into it, I really wanted to love it and give it a 10, but movies are about entertaining and I was barely entertained. I'm not trying to offend anyone, but if I did, I'm very sorry. (And I'm sorry if I spelled any words wrong). Expand

Awards & Rankings

Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. 89
    As good, old-fashioned dorkfests go, it doesn't get much better than the National Spelling Bee, with its arcane words, bespectacled competitors, and stinging little bell.
  2. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    80
    More to the point of this marvelous film, who knew there were kids as heroic, in their various ways, as these valiant super-spellers?
  3. Entertaining documentary.