Akeelah and the Bee (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

Akeelah and the Bee2006

Akeelah and the Bee (2006)



Critic Consensus: A warm, family-friendly underdog story, featuring terrific supporting performances from Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne, and Angela Bassett.

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Movie Info

Akeelah Anderson is a precocious 11-year-old girl from south Los Angeles with a gift for words. Despite the objections of her mother Tanya, Akeelah enters various spelling contests, for which she is tutored by the forthright Dr. Larabee; her principal Mr. Welch and the proud residents of her neighborhood. Akeelah's aptitude earns her an opportunity to compete for a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee and in turn unites her neighbors who witness the courage and inspiration of one amazing little girl.

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Keke Palmer
as Akeelah
Laurence Fishburne
as Dr. Larabee
Eddie Steeples
as Derrick-T
Dalia Phillips
as Ms. Cross
Tzi Ma
as Mr. Chiu
Craig Wasson
as Ted Saunders
Sahara Garey
as Georgia
Jumper Lark
as Young Reporter
Marjorie Harris
as National Spelling Bee Head Judge
Jacques Bailly
as National Spelling Bee Pronouncer
Krysten Leigh Jones
as Tough Girl #1
Jeff Marlow
as District Judge
Amirah Hawkins
as Tough Girl #2
Lee Garlington
as Regional Judge
Chloé Conroy
as District Pronouncer
Sidney Ganis
as Regional Pronouncer
Sid Ganis
as Regional Pronouncer
Janet Borrus
as Cheating Boy's Mom
Wolfgang Bodison
as Akeelah's Father
Caroline J. Smith
as Mary Calveretti
Neil Soni
as Rajeev Subramonian
Jack Ong
as Korean Grocer
Fay Hauser
as Woman On Tv
Keshell Lucas
as Little Girl On TV
Corina Boettger
as Red-Haired Girl
Shyann Chatman
as Eighth-Grade Girl
Todd Wagner
as Regional Bee Assistant Judge
Brittany Curran
as District Speller #1
Alexandra Rieger
as District Speller #2
Eric Don
as Regional Speller #1
Julia Kelleher
as Regional Speller #2
Zachary Gardner
as Regional Speller #3
John A. Ausick
as "Sacciform" Speller
Maddy Kloss
as "Scutellate" Speller
Lynda Mason Green
as "Longicollis" Speller
Jessy J. Hwang
as "Ginglymus" Speller
Biplab Panda
as "Empennage" Speller
Alexander Christian Stephans
as "Souchong" Speller
Katie L. Brown
as "Intussusception" Speller
John Oxenreiter
as "Engastrimythic" Speller
Katie Olson
as "Escharotic" Speller
Jason Ortenberg
as "Flocculation" Speller
Lance Norling
as Boy In Wheelchair
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Critic Reviews for Akeelah and the Bee

All Critics (141) | Top Critics (41)

Akeelah obeys every sports-movie rule, but trading end-zone dances for etymology gives it a geeky innocence. What's the word? Splendiferous.

March 14, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Give it an m, i, s, s.

August 19, 2006 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The film has an important, uplifting message; shame it couldn't be encased in a less faked-up story.

August 19, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The film only inspires when Akeelah takes to the stage for the spelling bees. There, the suspense is palpable despite the certainty of the outcome.

August 18, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

Its clichés seem bigger and its characterisations broader than they would on the more forgiving telly.

August 17, 2006 | Full Review…

As much a fantasy as Lord of the Rings.

August 15, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Akeelah and the Bee


31/07/2010 (TELEVISION) This is something different in topic but still uses a plot and story-structure that is very familiar, but otherwise it's still a worthy film to see. Another "Rags to Riches" theme but with a very interesting topic which had my eyes glued because my interest was very stimulated, "Akeelah and the Bee" is a great movie that squeezed hope out of me and made my experience a real journey. A decent choice for all.

EightThirty .
EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

Almost every spelling bee movie ever made is cheesy and totally predictable. Akeelah and the Bee, though, is a very clever, well crafted, beautiful movie. It's young but talented cast are admirable, and will have you cheering them on all the way.

Jason Lalljee
Jason Lalljee

Super Reviewer

This film was an eye opener to what its like for someone who wants to be in a spelling bee.

erika bruhns
erika bruhns

Super Reviewer

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