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Word Wars

  Unrated Closed Captioning

Eric Chaikin & Julian Petrillo

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About the Movie

Tiles and Tribulations… There is a dedicated community of people for whom SCRABBLE is more than a domestic nicety – it is an obsession. They devote years of their lives to mental and physical preparation and travel the country – some full-time – competing in cutthroat tournaments. The dictionary is studied with religious devotion, each obscure word another weapon for the ultimate battle. For some, the game keeps them teetering on the safe side of sanity. For others, it has pushed them just over. Some scrape by on the meager winnings alone. In another corner of the SCRABBLE universe – New York City's Washington Square Park – you'll find a ragtag bunch oblivious to anything besides the games at hand – restaurateurs, grizzled veterans, the seemingly homeless – all obsessing about words with a Q but no U: QAT, QAID, QINTAR. This is NOT your grandmother's SCRABBLE.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 35
  • Fresh: 31
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Chaikin and Petrillo have crafted an empathetic and revealing portrait of four men whose obsession is both a little bit sad and more than a little bit recognizable. – Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Without a story that demands to be told, it lacks the urgency and significance of a great docu but still offers a diverting entertainment for a television audience. – James Greenberg, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: An amusing and slightly alarming Scrabble-freak portrait. – Dennis Lim, Village Voice, Jun 9, 2004

Fresh: One need not play the game, or even own a board, to enjoy this film. – John McMurtrie, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

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Word Wars
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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2005

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