Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    75
    The movie's climax is enough to provoke genuine tears, and not just from fans of the West Germany squad.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    75
    In the end, though, Weiland ("Made of Honor") pours so much heart into his autobiographically "true-ish" story that accessibility is a nonissue.
  3. It's labeled a "true-ish story," and the results are cheeky fun.
  4. 75
    The story line sounds plain and simple, but the movie is enlightened by Bernie's impassioned narration and by a gallery of small comic details.
  5. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    60
    You don't have to be Jewish to appreciate its genuine fondness for the claustrophobic warmth of family life among working-class people apprehensively inching their way toward upward mobility.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    60
    You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy Sixty Six, but it probably wouldn't hurt.
  7. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    50
    While mazel tovs are due for efficient playing and execution, predictable script seldom scores big laughs.
  8. 50
    Though inspired by Weiland's own childhood, the film's plot sticks close to the underdog's coming-of-age formula and is marred by young Bernie's gratingly self-pitying voice-over.
  9. Charts a sentimental struggle toward manhood with period-appropriate charm.
  10. 50
    On the plus side is a good cast, including Eddie Marsan and Helena Bonham Carter as Bernie's hapless parents and Stephen Rea as a sympathetic doctor.
  11. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    40
    Instead of depicting a boy's first steps toward manhood -- ceremony aside -- it turns into an uninvolving portrait of self-absorption.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. JayH.
    Dec 31, 2008
    7
    Very touching, as well as amusing. It displays a nice feel for the time, exceptional performances all around. Well edited, fine direction and Very touching, as well as amusing. It displays a nice feel for the time, exceptional performances all around. Well edited, fine direction and writing. Full Review »
  2. JimG
    Sep 2, 2008
    5
    Sorry to say this disappoints more than it entertains. The only redeeming grace was Eddie Marsan, whose performances stand out even when Sorry to say this disappoints more than it entertains. The only redeeming grace was Eddie Marsan, whose performances stand out even when material he has to work with is uneven. I love quirky period pieces, but this just doesn't add up. Full Review »