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Patrick Creadon

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Plot Summary

"Wordplay" is a journey into the world of Will Shortz, the crossword puzzle editor at The New York Times. Known to millions as National Public Radio's "Puzzle Master", Shortz has spent his entire lifetime studying, creating, and editing puzzles, and has built a huge following along the way. Meet Shortz's diehard fans -- including President Bill Clinton, Senator Bob Dole, "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart, filmmaker Ken Burns, the Indigo Girls, and Yankee's ace pitcher Mike Mussina -- and discover why over 50 million Americans do crosswords every week.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 121
  • Fresh: 115
  • Rotten: 6
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Boy, was I wrong. There's more palm-sweating suspense in one minute of this baby than in all of The Omen. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Dec 8, 2006

Fresh: Every bit as smart as the Times puzzles, puzzlemakers and puzzle solvers. – Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Wordplay captures the exhilaration that comes from navigating the ins and outs of complex puzzles. It also celebrates the English language in a way that is stimulating and immensely entertaining. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Even if you've never done a crossword in your life or been frustrated by the attempt, you will likely be drawn into this intriguing world through the enthusiasm expressed by its adherents. – Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times, Sep 20, 2007

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Customer Reviews

Feel Good Documentary!

I saw this movie when it came out, and I just loved it! Such an entertaining film with quirky, interesting characters and some pretty cool celebrities - Jon Stewart, President Clinton, Mike Mussina. I've never been a big cross-word puzzler, but you don't have to be to enjoy this movie. I found it fascinating to learn how the puzzle masters create puzzles as well. All around, a really watchable, enjoyable film.


I lovedd this movie so much! i come from a family of crossworders mainly my dad who is in the movie and has won the championship before. This movie was so good. Even if you don't do the puzzles you'll love it!

Great Across....Fantastic Down...

If you have any interest in word games, cross or otherwise, you will love this movie. The people who participate in the crossword contest are a quirky and interesting group. The action builds to a suspenseful climax at the end that rivals any sports event. The celebrities who participate show how varied a bunch are into the crossword world. Grade A+!

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2006

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