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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. 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: Eddie Cockrell
    80
    A tonal triumph of true-life storytelling told with equal measures of tension and redemption.
  4. 80
    Block has made a sad, delightful and half-accidental movie about his own parents.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    What's best about Block's documentary is how well he captures his own shifting perceptions.
  6. The film has a compelling way about it. All five of the immediate Block family members emerge in full and affecting portraits.
  7. 42
    The joys of watching a man carry out his own therapy onscreen are fairly limited.

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