49 Up Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 14, 2012
This seventh installment is utterly fascinating, drawing heavily on footage from the previous movies to follow each child on the journey into middle age.
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 28, 2009
Essential viewing
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 24, 2009
There should not be an adult in the western world who isn't at least tacitly familiar with Michael Apted's groundbreaking documentary series based on the idea that a person's personality is formed by the age of seven.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
In 42 years has the series brought any insight into issues of class, politics, or culture? Perhaps only insofar as nearly all the participants, regardless of background, end up as the same bourgeois, middle-aged mediocrities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kam Williams
EURWeb
September 29, 2007
Time-lapse cinematography taken at seven year intervals.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Even those wondering about the gaps and "missing pieces" or what will happen in the future will not be disappointed by this remarkable work.
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
November 11, 2006
The wonder of 49 Up is its unfolding, within a little more than two hours, of so many specific lives...
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 3, 2006
Michael Apted's Up series remains one of the great imaginative leaps in film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
November 2, 2006
I can think of no single movie, fictional or factual, that more strongly awakens our common humanity or that establishes such a marvelous, tight bond with its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
October 28, 2006
Doesn't tell us about these people's lives so much as it splashes a cold hourglass of water in the face, reminding us that time can slowly turn us into someone unrecognizable, especially to ourselves.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
October 26, 2006
The segments are so cleverly arranged -- [director Michael Apted] includes past pictorial references for each of the people we revisit -- that now there is something almost mystical involved.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
October 26, 2006
Apted continues his seminal docu series with another riveting chapter. The film no longer belongs to him: Feeling their privacy has been invaded, the subjcets talk back, trying to shape their own narrative and even withhold vital information from him.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 22, 2006
A reality show that transcends that now-hackneyed phrase to become an utterly unique work of 'popular history'--and of art.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
October 16, 2006
As a viewer, I feel privileged to be able to peer into their private lives perchance to learn something useful about my private life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Sean Means
Film.com
October 13, 2006
But a funny thing happened on the way to the class-warfare lecture: Most of the subjects got on with living their lives, ignoring their class distinctions in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 13, 2006
I'll wait breathlessly for 56 Up, and hope this brave group will speak to the camera again; giving us the gift of a share in their lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
October 13, 2006
Now, they are middle-aged, and (unfair to spoil small surprises here) embedded in life with some learned wisdom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 13, 2006
Surprisingly, the discussions of normal, average-life events are pretty fascinating and relatable. The films continue to be part of a moving sociological portrait of England and everyday life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 12, 2006
The monumental 7 Up series continues with a lesser but worthwhile chapter, 49 Up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
October 12, 2006
As always, [Apted] intercuts footage from the previous age levels and provides enough history to make each chapter a fascinating sociological examination in itself.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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