Sixty Six

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 52


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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 rounds, Bernie's longed-for Bar Mitzvah looks set to be a complete disaster.

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Critic Reviews for Sixty Six

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (18)

  • 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

    Aug 8, 2009 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 23, 2008 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

    Top Critic
  • It's labeled a 'true-ish story', and the results are cheeky fun.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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.

    Sep 12, 2008 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 29, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [Director] Weiland pours so much heart into his autobiographically 'true-ish' story that accessibility is a nonissue.

    Aug 22, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Tom Russo

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Sixty Six

  • May 03, 2012
    Absolutely charming, funny, heartwarming, and delightful film!! Truly splendid. By the last scene, I was teary eyed and grinning from ear to ear. Kudos!!
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 13, 2009
    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.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2008
    <b>Director:</b> Paul Weiland <b>Starring:</b> Eddie Marsan, Helena Bonham Carter, Gregg Sulkin, Thomas Drewson <b>Running time:</b> 93 minutes <b>Country:</b> UK<br/><br/> I wanted to watch this film mostly because it stars my favourite actress Helena Bonham Carter and the story sounded rather interesting. For the first hour I felt rather bored but I wanted to try and stick with the rest of it and see if it makes a difference in which I did. I am actually glad because it had a good heartfelt ending that sends a very important message: always notice your children and notice what their biggest dreams and ambitions are. This emotional story relives what England fans must have felt when we won the World Cup in 1966. There was quite a few disappointments in this film but the ending made a difference by drifting up an extra star from it being 2-stars up to 3 stars.<br/><br/> I found Eddie Marsan to be a rather stupid actor to be in a film like this especially with a ridiculous and weak character to portray. I did really like him a lot in Happy-Go-Lucky which could lead him to an Oscar nomination this year. Manny Reubens is a really weak character that I didn't get to grips with at all. As much as I love Helena Bonham Carter, her acting in Sixty Six was good but wasn't brilliant but there was some quite emotional moments that occurred in this film which is both common and rare (if you get what I mean) from an actress like Helena Bonham Carter. This is one of her most civil characters she has ever portrayed but it is one of her weakest performances as well. Gregg Sulkin was ok as Bernie Reubens but he sort of irritated me a lot because of the way he speaks when he plays the character and the facial expressions he pulls as well.<br/><br/> The directing was good involving the World Cup final with England and West Germany. There was quite a lot of well conceived directing used from Paul Weiland involving the message this film tries to send to people all around the world. It doesn't seem to do that very well because it is a very underrated film that wasn't released properly. The script was good involving the World Cup final 1966 but the rest of the script involving the young boy with his passion was rather lame I thought. This isn't a good film and it isn't a bad film either.<br/><br/> I have said this many times about films with a similar sort of rating and thoughts about it, it is just a piece of entertainment. It is nothing serious that could effect new ways of cinema and it isn't a stupid waste of your times. I wouldn't really recommend the film but if people want to watch it, I wouldn't be able to complete persuade them not to.
    Samuel J Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2007
    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.
    Dean M Super Reviewer

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