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  • Summary: Both unexpectedly funny and heartbreaking, 51 Birch Street is the first-person account of Block’s unpredictable journey through a whirlwind of dramatic life-changing events: the death of his mother, the uncovering of decades of family secrets, and the ensuing reconciliation with his father.Both unexpectedly funny and heartbreaking, 51 Birch Street is the first-person account of Block’s unpredictable journey through a whirlwind of dramatic life-changing events: the death of his mother, the uncovering of decades of family secrets, and the ensuing reconciliation with his father. What begins as his own intimate, autobiographical story soon evolves into a broader meditation on the universal themes of love, marriage, fidelity and the mystery of family. (Copacetic Pictures) Expand
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  1. Block's hypnotic documentary, among the finest of the year.
  2. A warm and honest portrait of a marriage at its most mysterious, and ordinary.
  3. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    80
    What makes 51 Birch Street a moving revelation rather than a therapeutic exercise is Block's commitment to understanding his parents, Mike and Mina, on their own terms, regardless of what it does to his image of them.
  4. 80
    Block has made a sad, delightful and half-accidental movie about his own parents.
  5. The film has a compelling way about it. All five of the immediate Block family members emerge in full and affecting portraits.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    What's best about Block's documentary is how well he captures his own shifting perceptions.
  7. 42
    The joys of watching a man carry out his own therapy onscreen are fairly limited.

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