44 Pages (2018)

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A portrait of Highlights magazine following the creation of the cultural phenomenon's 70th anniversary issue, from the first editorial meeting to its arrival in homes, and introducing the people who passionately produce the monthly publication for "the world's most important people,"...children. Along the way, a rich and tragic history is revealed, the state of childhood, technology, and education is explored, and the future of print media is questioned. Family-owned since its inception in 1946 and never containing a single advertisement, Highlights stands alone in the magazine publishing world and has become an American icon, with over a billion issues delivered to children worldwide.

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Its tone hovers between benign admiration and benign thoughtfulness, and interviewees tend toward pleasantly straightforward insight. But it's a worthy bit of American cultural history.

Sep 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Overflowing with wholesome vibes yet not sappy, the film provokes warm feelings, even if its subject doesn't really demand feature-length treatment.

Apr 17, 2018 | Full Review…

It's likely all the easy jokes that might occur to you about the magazine racks in the lobbies of dentists' offices will evaporate and you'll wonder if they might be hiring.

Apr 17, 2018 | Full Review…

"44 Pages" winds up feeling like an infomercial for "Highlights," something new employees would watch on their first day at the office.

Sep 22, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Soft as a plush toy and edgy as a "Highlights" advertorial.

Jul 28, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Informative but dry docu on beloved children's magazine.

Apr 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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