56 Up

56 Up

  • 56up
    2 minutes 15 seconds
    Added: Nov 27, 2012


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56 Up Reviews

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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
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
Steve Macfarlane
Slant Magazine

The series is both a testimonial to the vagaries of chance and an endlessly cyclical study into the implications of being studied.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

December 30, 2012
Emily Kirkpatrick
Paste Magazine

Being able to view this slice of life (no matter how contrived or edited it may be by the shows producers) provides an enjoyable and provocative perspective into humanity.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 8.3/10

January 4, 2013
Shaun Munro
What Culture

The most vital and moving sociological document of our times remains invigorating despite mostly maintaining the status quo because by now the "characters", older, balder, and podgier, are like old friends.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 4.5/5

June 3, 2012
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune

Apted possesses the unsettling ability to shape perceptions of their lives and personalities from inside an editing suite, a fact that the members of his flock begin to recognize at varying points throughout their adult years.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

January 25, 2013
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

The latest, and perhaps greatest installment in a great documentary series. Moving, amusing and eye-opening.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 4/4

January 12, 2013
Christopher Campbell
Film School Rejects

For those of us already fans of the series and invested in the characters over the course of seven films and 42 years it's a necessary continuation and curiosity.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: B

January 5, 2013
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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We are all older now, and this series proves it in a most deeply moving way.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 31, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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"56 Up" reminds us that change is ceaseless and often dramatic, bringing growth we could never have dreamed of as little kids.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

January 10, 2013
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

A completely unique and remarkable documentary project.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

February 14, 2013
Nora Lee Mandel

The granddaddy of longitudinal documentaries impressively reaches grandparenthood. . . continuing to reveal as much about the heard (but not seen) Apted as his interviewees.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 9/10

January 16, 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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

"56 Up" is well worth seeing.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

February 7, 2013
Chris Barsanti

In the eighth installment of Michael Apted's epochal documentary series, his aging participants (one of cinema's greatest assemblage of living characters) provide not just a telescope into the past but also a kind of primer for how to live.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 9/10

January 24, 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
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central

I think the best thing about this movie (and the entire series) is that it forces the viewer to think about their own lives. It's kind of an awakening experience.

Full Review Source: Film Geek Central | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 7, 2013
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
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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It shows that life is what happens when you're busy making other plans. And how, in case we forget, every age can predict the next.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 5/5

January 3, 2013
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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These are moving images of touchingly vibrant lives at certain moments in time and space.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

January 3, 2013
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