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42 Up (1999)



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Michael Apted's renowned series tests the maxim by returning every seven years to 14 British children originally profiled in 7 UP (1964). He began the series seeking to confirm the class distinctions were alive and well in England. And while their accents are a dead give-away as to who studied ballet and who drives a cab, there are also remarkable similarities--as youth gives way to middle-age, parents die, and children prepare to leave the nest.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Television, Special Interest
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Written By: Michael Apted
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On DVD: Aug 21, 2001
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Critic Reviews for 42 Up

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (10)

Their largely negative or only superficially positive responses make me feel guilty about finding the series so fascinating -- and should make the filmmakers feel even guiltier.

Full Review… | August 14, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

On some level, 42 Up is a startling home-movie time capsule. Simply to behold the aging process with such intimacy is enough to give you a shudder.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

One of the best movie series ever is a true-life drama like no other. Miss it at your peril.

Full Review… | July 21, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

As beneficial as helmer's influence may be to that aging franchise, his work here reps a fascinating use of the docu form.

Full Review… | January 21, 2003
Top Critic

This series should be sealed in a time capsule. It is on my list of the 10 greatest films of all time, and is a noble use of the medium.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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There's something incredibly simple yet profound about what Apted has done with this series. It's an amazing achievement - not only is it a sociological masterpiece, but it's a fine example of how real-life drama can often be more compelling than fiction.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for 42 Up


One in the series of the greatest documentary ever made.

Jeremy Smith

Super Reviewer

It continues. We are still missing three of the "kids" as one who came back last time dropped out again and one that was missing in the last installment has returned.
As the folks head into the middle years of their lives they all seem to be leveling out. Sure there were hard times but they have managed to overcome them and find a balance on which to live.
Relationships have come and gone and the one thing that is evident as we continue on the journey of life with these people is that no matter the social standing you are in life will always be chaos. Nothing will be as you see it for yourself.
It was nice to see one of the gentlemen who was having a hard time at life seems to be on the track to a better life. The ones that have managed to stay married after all this time give you hope that not all of the "kids" marriages are going to end up like much of their parents.
As I started this installment I did have a nice reaction of It's-good-to-see-these-people-again that I enjoy.

Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

Great series, have really enjoyed all these movies.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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