The Kids Grow Up

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  • Summary: Documentary filmmaker Doug Block (51 Birch Street) has captured much of his daughter Lucy’s life – and their relationship – on camera. Now his only child is 17 and preparing to leave home for college. Lucy’s imminent departure is the springboard for The Kids Grow Up, a funny, moving andDocumentary filmmaker Doug Block (51 Birch Street) has captured much of his daughter Lucy’s life – and their relationship – on camera. Now his only child is 17 and preparing to leave home for college. Lucy’s imminent departure is the springboard for The Kids Grow Up, a funny, moving and deeply personal look at modern-day parenting. (Shadow Distribution) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Oct 28, 2010
    90
    You are not Doug Block, of course. Except to the extent - measured by the depth of your absorption in this remarkable film - that you are.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Oct 29, 2010
    80
    His final scenes with Lucy and with his own dad are both surprising and shattering, and I was left humbled by the film's honesty.
  3. Reviewed by: John P. McCarthy
    Oct 29, 2010
    80
    The absorbingly bittersweet result ranks as one of the best non-fiction films of the year.
  4. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Oct 26, 2010
    60
    The second in a proposed self-reflective doc trilogy, director Doug Block's embarrassingly honest follow-up to "51 Birch Street" (2005) is a neurotic, occasionally poignant rumination on his teenage daughter doing just what the title says.
  5. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Oct 30, 2010
    50
    How much of this you'll find enlightening and how much simply creepy will depend on your tolerance for cinematic navel-gazing.
  6. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Oct 24, 2010
    50
    Obsession, compulsion and fear are all part of The Kids Grow Up, which is occasionally a less-than-pleasant reminder of the goofy way we can act even while we think we're being sane.
  7. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Oct 29, 2010
    25
    Maybe being able to look back in time is comforting for Block and company, but what makes him think complete strangers give a damn about his not-especially-interesting family? I certainly don't.

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