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Akeelah and the Bee

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Doug Atchison

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About the Movie

Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer), from south Los Angeles, has a talent for words. In spite of the objections of her mother Wanda (Angela Bassett), Keke enters a spelling contest. Her gift takes her to compete in the National Spelling Bee, the most famous competition of its kind in the world. On the way, she is helped by a forthright, mysterious teacher, Dr. Larabee (Laurence Fishburne) and a cast of colorful characters from the community.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 139
  • Fresh: 117
  • Rotten: 22
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: ... an underdog tale that manages to inspire without being sappy. – Dana Stevens, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: ... it's easy to overlook that contrivance, because the movie's heart is so clearly in the right place. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Akeelah obeys every sports-movie rule, but trading end-zone dances for etymology gives it a geeky innocence. What's the word? Splendiferous. – David Ansen, Newsweek, Mar 14, 2018

Rotten: Akeelah and the Bee is so warm and well-meaning that you may find yourself wanting to like it more than you really do. – Kyle Smith, New York Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


first review! yeah! a really good family movie...

the warming in heartwarming.

I wasnt too thrilled to hear that I was going to watch this movie with some of my friends...but I decided to tag along anyway and just bit my lip. Throughout the movie, though, I was actually relaxing my lip with the jaw dropping suspence (you would be suprised!) and the heartwarming moments that make my lips mouth "aw!" and what not. I think this is a movie where you could learn more then just about how to win national's. I think everyone should watch this film.

this movie is awsome

love it

Akeelah and the Bee
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2006

Customer Ratings