(2006)

Critic Reviews

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88
If it's challenges you're after, forget cracking "The Da Vinci Code." Wordplay captures the exhilaration that comes from navigating the ins and outs of complex puzzles.
88
It's also very cleverly edited - one scene will often branching off from another in much the same way a crossword puzzle works - and features a bang-up ending that will actually leave you cheering over a word game.
88
Charlotte Observer
When I first heard about Wordplay, I assumed I wouldn't have an ort of interest.
80
Wall Street Journal
What's an eight-letter word for a non-fiction feature that is witty, wise and wonderful? "Wordplay."
75
Entertainment Weekly
Shortz's gentle manner and French-foreign-agent mustache go a long way toward making him a thinking girl's pinup nerd - and this despite the man's pitiless insistence on making the Saturday New York Times crossword puzzle ''tough as a _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _.''
75
There's more palm-sweating suspense in one minute of this baby than in all of "The Omen."
75
Opens up a world of words.
75
New York Daily News
In this documentary, I learn there are people who can solve a Monday New York Times puzzle in less than three minutes - without looking words up! I don't necessarily want to know these people, but they put on a good show at the annual crossword championship in Stamford, Ct., which is the centerpiece of this affectionate, smartly-done promo for puzzling.
75
The film is made with a lot of style and visual ingenuity.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
While puzzles are not most peoples' lives, they are truly an essential part. Wordplay goes up/down and across on the varied reasons why more than 50 million Americans do a crossword puzzle every week.
63
Philadelphia Inquirer
In segments such as the Reagle and Clinton interviews, where character is revealed via puzzle style, Wordplay succeeds. The film is less successful when it travels to the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.

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