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Sixty Six (2006)



Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 51
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 19

Likable but overly sentimental, Sixty Six has snatches of sharp dialogue but is ultimately too predicable.


Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 9

Likable but overly sentimental, Sixty Six has snatches of sharp dialogue but is ultimately too predicable.



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It is the summer of '66, and England is about to be consumed by World Cup Fever. For 12-year-old Bernie though, the biggest day of his life is looming: his Bar Mitzvah, and the day he becomes a man. However, Bernie's family is increasingly distracted by the threat of losing their business and their wayward older son, and the scale of Bernie's Bar Mitzvah diminishes daily. Worst of all the Cup Final is scheduled to take place on the same day and when England makes it through the qualifying


Drama, Comedy

Bridget O'Connor, Peter Staughan

Jan 1, 2009

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Since Mr. Weiland himself had grown up in a Jewish section of North London, he was able to include many details of his own childhood.

October 23, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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It's labeled a 'true-ish story', and the results are cheeky fun.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Sixty Six is also about accepting parents with all their frailties, coming to terms with the unfairness of life, and finding a way to switch the focus to the wonders we do have to celebrate.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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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.

August 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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[Director] Weiland pours so much heart into his autobiographically 'true-ish' story that accessibility is a nonissue.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Weiland's occasional heavy-handedness is more than redeemed by the lightness of his cast.

August 15, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Cleaves too closely to the pattern set out by more original films with similar subject matter. Its obvious distinctions of time and place come through in clever details, but these don't seem to serve Weiland's autobiography so much as situate it into a fa

August 8, 2009 Full Review Source: indieWIRE

A film that tries too hard and wastes a cast of skilled veterans and talented newcomers.

November 14, 2008
Kansas City Star

Offbeat, nostalgic, wonderful.

October 29, 2008 Full Review Source:

Weiland has given us something we can cheer and feel good about.

August 29, 2008 Full Review
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

...the sort of Jewish film that the whole family can enjoy without feeling they're fulfilling an obligation to see it.

August 22, 2008
The Jewish Advocate

...a charming coming-of-age period piece about the trials and tribulations one young boy must face in his quest to become a man.

August 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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It does cast Helena Bonham Carter against type as a devoted mother and housewife, and, for soccer nuts, integrate pristine footage from the '66 Cup.

August 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Sixty Six's loving portrayal of the ups & downs of a Jewish family in London charmingly entices the viewer to find themselves within its four-eyed, adorably geeky hero.

August 2, 2008 Full Review Source:

Director Paul Weiland ("Made of Honor") co-wrote the tone-deaf screenplay for this cinematic abortion that features the ever-lousy Stephen Rea adding his specific brand of stench to a pasted-together movie that is predictable and boring as it is depressin

August 2, 2008 Full Review Source:

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.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for Sixty Six

Absolutely charming, funny, heartwarming, and delightful film!! Truly splendid. By the last scene, I was teary eyed and grinning from ear to ear. Kudos!!
May 4, 2012

Super Reviewer

Sweet if minor coming of age comedy drama with a winning performance from Gregg Sulkin as Bernie the young boy who has almost everything that can go wrong leading up to his Bar Mitzvah go wrong. Helena Bonham Carter and Eddie Marsan are effective as his parents. Drags a little but the ending makes up it.
December 26, 2010
jay nixon

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A very sweet little film with a good cast, nice story and feel good factor. It wasn't as funny as I'd thought it would be, it's actually more sentimental than that but quite touching all the same.
June 11, 2010

Super Reviewer

Very charming comedy with heartwarming based on the real-life experience about a 12-year-old's Bar Mitzvah becomes a complete disaster because of the World Cup Final.
August 13, 2007
Dean McKenna

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