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Metascore

Based on 13 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
At its exhilarating best, Following Sean is reminiscent of the lauded British documentaries that began with "7 Up.''
75
If Arlyck's own life feels unworthy of the attention, Sean's illuminating, unconventional and contemporary story makes up for it.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
Arlyck's artful use of "then and now" images illustrates the relentlessness with which time moves forward. Youth is, indeed, elusive. His seductive film is a retrieval mission and, as such, it is ineffably sad.
70
You won't be disappointed, and you will be deeply, quietly moved.
70
Village Voice
Arlyck's compulsion is to our great fortune. Patient and elegant, his film is a quietly devastating meditation on family, work, and the unrelenting passage of time.
70
What emerges is a liberal meditation on freedom and compromise, and a nostalgia trip graced by eloquent restraint.
70
L.A. Weekly
Sean's grandfather was the colorful longshore Communist Archie Brown, and part of the film's charm lies in its evocation of a generational mural that includes old Marxists, flower children and the progeny of red-diaper babies.
63
Boston Globe
If ''Sean" was about conviction and revolution, Following Sean is about ambivalence and resignation. In either case it's pretty easy for a funny-provocative kid to stand out.
50
Variety
As fascinating as it is frustrating.
38
New York Post
Arlyck spends more time following himself and his own lefty family than checking up on Sean.

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