(2002)

Critic Reviews

80

Metascore

Based on 34 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Resembles a Christopher Guest movie in that it follows obsessed, socially awkward folks on a seminal journey in their lives.
100
At its most unsettling level, Spellbound asks us to consider what words are for and what childhood should be. It's as profound as anything you'll see this year, and, yes, it should have won the Oscar.
100
Premiere
While it may be excruciating to watch a speller miss a word by a letter, it's just as exciting to watch another kid jump the hurdle.
91
Entertainment Weekly
Thrilling little epic set in the bewildering arena of the English language.
88
By the time they're onstage, your pulse is pounding right along with theirs. Spell this movie: g-r-e-a-t.
88
Philadelphia Inquirer
I love this movie, and I love the pride, spirit and sportsmanship of the kids who represent the best of American pluck and luck.
88
Chicago Tribune
Boasts all of the drama and suspense of any reality TV show, but it actually stars smart people. And they're kids.
88
Charlotte Observer
The terrific Spellbound really isn't about the ability to tear words apart letter by letter. It's about nerve-wracking competitiveness.
80
Wall Street Journal
More to the point of this marvelous film, who knew there were kids as heroic, in their various ways, as these valiant super-spellers?
63
Casts a potent spell.
63
New York Daily News
This could be a documentary about reading the body language of childhood.

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