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Spelling the Dream (2020)

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Following four hopeful competitors' journeys, this documentary explores the trend of Indian Americans ruling the Scripps National Spelling Bee since 1999.

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There is plenty to like about "Spelling the Dream," an affecting documentary with admirable ambitions. But it tries to be a sports movie, a multicharacter study, a work of sociological inquiry and a history piece all in the span of 82 minutes.

June 8, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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Rega's slickly made film strives to cover a wealth of topics, not just the question of Indian American bee domination, but also wider myths about immigrants and even a heart-pounding race to the conclusion of the 2017 Scripps competition.

June 5, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It's not just an impressive display of linguistics but also a reminder of what American success is and should be perceived as, a reminder that many, sadly, still need to be made aware of.

June 4, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

You want to root for these kids, and cherish the way they advocate for intellect at such a young age. It's just that the whole project has the unabashed tact of a glorified infomercial.

June 3, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Some of the analysis seems dead on... Spelling the Dream is not all about camera-wary kids not looking into the lens, though there's a fair amount of that

June 3, 2020 | Full Review…

If you're browsing for feel-good stories of American diversity nowadays, there is nothing more inoffensively comforting than Netflix's new documentary "Spelling the Dream."

June 3, 2020 | Full Review…

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