Wordplay

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Wordplay
This documentary takes a look at the world of crossword puzzles, especially through the eyes and life of one of the world's top crossword puzzle designers. We also get to meet some of the famous people who enjoy, and are very good at, crossword puzzles, as they prepare and take part in a national championship.

85 minutes.
All ages.
Documentary, On the art circuit

Showtimes

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Credits

Cast
Will Shortz, Merl Reagle, Tyler Hinman, Norman Payne, Al Sanders, Ellen Ripstein, Jon Delfin
Director
Patrick Creadon
ScreenplayPatrick Creadon, Christine O'Malley
MusicPeter Golub
CinematographyPatrick Creadon
EditingDouglas Blush
Sound formatsDolby Digital
SoundtrackNot available
Made in2006
Produced byGrinder Productions, O'Malley Creadon Productions, The Weinstein Company

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageNone
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceNone
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsNone
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
2
Violence
0
Blood / Gore / Gross
0
Guns / Weapons
0
Profanity
1
Alcohol / Drugs
1
Smoking
0
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
1
Imitative Behaviour
1
Frightening / Tense Scenes
0
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
2
Music (Scary/Tense)
0
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
3


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Diane de Beer quote iconTake a peek, it's very absorbing.
15
Die Burger
Laetitia Pople quote iconDit is senutergend!
15
Mail & Guardian
Shaun de Waal
14
The Citizen
Sabrina Dean quote iconI would definitely recommend Wordplay.
11
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge quote iconIf you love words and word games, you will be delighted.
10
24.com
Ivan Sadler quote iconFunny and touching in equal measure, it is a feel good film that celebrates intellect and small achievements, and is highly recommended.
15
Box Office
Bridget Byrne quote iconHere's a movie that actually makes it seem fun to try to be clever.
15
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert
15
eye Weekly
Jason Anderson quote iconA smart, breezy look at the history and appeal of crosswords.
10
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconI thought I'd be bored stiff watching a bunch of word geeks gather in Stamford, Connecticut, for the annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. Boy, was I wrong.
15
ScreenIt
quote iconHow do you spell a fun, funny and engaging documentary? Why, it's ''W-O-R-D-P-L-A-Y.''
14
Metacritic.com
35 critics
15
Rottentomatoes critics
114 critics
15
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconAn entertaining, brainy crowd-pleaser.
19

What the People say

Internet
1315 Netizens quote iconA delight for linguists and fans of words, not bad for everyone else.
15

Average .. 71%

14




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