56 Up

56 Up

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    Added: Nov 27, 2012


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56 Up Reviews

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Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

As the project hits its half-century mark, with the "kids" settling into middle age, the signature cross-cutting between then, now and everything in between feels downright Proustian in its emotional depth.

Full Review Source: NOW Toronto | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2014
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Apted, now 72, has said he'll keep calling on his subjects every seven years until he or they are dead. Whether the subjects show up or not, I for one will be in line when 63 Up comes around.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2014
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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This suffers as well from the fact that the subjects' lives haven't changed all that much since 49 Up (2005); perhaps the series will improve yet as they head into old age.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 1, 2014
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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The original documentary was intended to illustrate how the country's deeply ingrained class system inscribed itself on the aspirations and inner lives of its young people. But the successive movies have been far less polemical.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2014
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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We're now at 56 Up,, and with each passing calendar leap, the experience of watching has only become more soul-stirring.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

January 1, 2014
Bill Gibron
Film Racket

a window into our shared human experience, and a terrific one at that.

Full Review Source: Film Racket | Original Score: 4.5/5

July 8, 2013
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

56 Up has become a stirring reflection, even tribute, to the little bends and turns of ordinariness, the ebbs and surges of everyday lives.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

May 6, 2013
Mike Scott

Apted's subjects would object to the idea that we really know them, but we think we do -- and that's good enough to make his film feel like a reunion, a visit with an old friend. Or 14 of them.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 3/5

April 11, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Yes, on some level it's just a seven-year check-in with people maybe half-remembered, if that. Yet the films also serve as a kind of check-in with us, too.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4.5/5

March 28, 2013
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Chances are that you'll come away from this long film feeling a sense of knowing its characters.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

March 21, 2013
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

We might say that '56 Up' serves much the same function as 'Amour,' but it responds to the inevitability of decline with compassion, not dread.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

March 8, 2013
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News

What started as a crafty way of looking at the U.K.'s rigid class structure has grown into a portrait of melancholy middle age, with its heartbreaks and minor-key triumphs.

Full Review Source: Bloomberg News | Original Score: ***1/2

February 28, 2013
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper

In 49 Up, many of the series' subjects seemed to be just settling into their bliss; now they're committed to it, and the foreclosed possibilities that come alongside.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper | Original Score: A-

February 23, 2013
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

Those British kids are now 56

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

February 22, 2013
Vanessa Farquharson
National Post

Watching the eighth film is intriguing but, in a way, disappointing. At this point in the game, it feels as if all the characters have determined their lots in life and are simply plodding through their interviews.

Full Review Source: National Post | Original Score: 3/5

February 21, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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What ultimately is so compelling about 56 Up is the universality of the experiences. We were all once children. And we all will die. And in between, there is everything else.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 4/4

February 21, 2013
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Quite simply one of the great documentary projects in the history of cinema, an engrossing sociological experiment on film; and though this mostly mellow installment isn't as revelatory as some earlier ones, it's still a remarkable document.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: A-

February 21, 2013
Sarah Boslaugh

... feels like a retrospective and summation of the whole series, with ample quotation from the previous films, an approach that makes it interesting even for viewers who haven't seen the previous installments.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 7/10

February 15, 2013
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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We feel good, refreshed and depressed in watching these people get older, also embarrassed in moments and cautioned about the passage of time.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

February 14, 2013
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

A completely unique and remarkable documentary project.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

February 14, 2013
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