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49 Up Reviews

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Eddie Cockrell
Variety
June 20, 2006
49 Up follows diverse Brits first selected at age 7 as they now approach a surprisingly becalmed middle age.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 12, 2006
There are some clear themes to these zig-zagging life journeys, but they tend to be truisms (marriage is hard work but worth it) rather than chest-clutching surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
October 8, 2006
49 Up continues what has become one of the most interesting and rewarding film series ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 9, 2006
Whether we actually 'know' these individuals or not is beside the point; we feel we do, and this enriches the experience of watching the most ambitious documentary project ever committed to celluloid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 5, 2006
There's something immensely satisfying about watching the playing out of ordinary lives we've become attached to over time.
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
October 6, 2006
The vicarious pains and pleasures of watching a long-running soap opera are combined with the rigors of analyzing data about how Britain has and hasn't changed in nearly five decades.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 5, 2006
In a way, each film is better than the last, because the new one includes much of the most impressive material from the past films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
October 4, 2006
Easily one of the most fascinating sociological experiments in not just film history but history itself, the Up series returns in the remarkably upbeat 49 Up, the highwater mark and first in the cycle to be shot in DV.
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 28, 2009
Essential viewing
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
Kam Williams
EURWeb
September 29, 2007
Time-lapse cinematography taken at seven year intervals.
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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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 6, 2006
Dropping by on the same people every seven years like an old friend -- or an unwelcome relative -- Apted has constructed a peerless, suspenseful work that develops character to a depth that would make Tolstoy jealous.
| Original Score: 4/4
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
August 4, 2006
What strikes you most forcefully about Michael Apted's latest instalment of the 7 Up series is how settled everyone has become.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 5, 2006
It's a real testament to just how fluid and undefined our lives really are.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
July 28, 2006
a return to basics and fine form
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 5, 2006
A fascinating new installment of a documentary series that focuses this time on English middle-agers and their achievements and disappointments in life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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