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Spellbound (2002)



Critic Consensus: A suspenseful, gripping documentary that features an engaging cross section of American children.

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Eight kids of wildly disparate ethnic, class, and regional backgrounds are followed from their individual hometowns to Washington D.C. for the National Spelling Bee Finals.

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Critic Reviews for Spellbound

All Critics (139) | Top Critics (41)

The result is a powerful, moving and often very funny exploration of what it is to be an American.

January 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Families should see this m-a-r-v-e-l-o-u-s film.

December 28, 2010 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

A tribute to old-fashioned virtues of hard work, education, competition — and good spelling in a spellchecker age.

March 2, 2004 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

A hilarious look at one of America's best-loved institutions.

October 22, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Spellbound is not a great piece of filmmaking, but it is more entertaining than you might expect from a story whose heroes are all brainiacs.

July 16, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Spellbound finds its thrills with nary a chase scene nor a quick cut; it's a simple and utterly gripping story about kids, words and a microphone.

June 27, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/4

Audience Reviews for Spellbound


im glad i only won the school spelling bee and not the regionals because i would probably be one of the hopeless nerds on this dvd

Coxxie Mild Sauce
Coxxie Mild Sauce

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The hardships and stifes of the American Spelling Bee contestant are exemplified in this grueling documentary chronicling the climb and competitive drive of some of America's most intelligent and note worthy spellers ever.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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A good watch. Most of the kids involved are fun to learn about except for the one who talks a hundred miles an hour and has to be one of the most annoying kids in the world. Well made and really gets you into the hype.

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

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