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Based on 16 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Through haunting home movies, Mina's diaries and interviews with Mike, a raw, riveting portrait emerges of what a child sees in his parents' relationship and what lies beneath. show more

  • 100
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Block's hypnotic documentary, among the finest of the year. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The intimate history of Doug Block's parents becomes fodder for a broader look at family secrets in this complex documentary. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The film has a compelling way about it. All five of the immediate Block family members emerge in full and affecting portraits. show more

  • 75
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    What's best about Block's documentary is how well he captures his own shifting perceptions. show more

  • 100
    Sean Axmaker Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    51 Birch Street, like the best of the recent wave of personal documentaries, is both a compelling story and an eye-opening bit of social history. show more

  • 91
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    A warm and honest portrait of a marriage at its most mysterious, and ordinary. show more

  • 80
    Andrew O'Hehir

    Block has made a sad, delightful and half-accidental movie about his own parents. show more

  • 80
    Ella Taylor L.A. Weekly

    Open-minded, probing but never prurient, 51 Birch Street is much more than a portrait of suburban ennui. It's a loving, painful map of the gulf between thought and word, between word and deed, that props up good marriages, and sends bad ones to hell. show more

  • 80
    Los Angeles Times

    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. show more

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