42 Up 1999

42 Up

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Michael Apted's saga continues with the lives of people he first profiled in "Seven Up!" in 1964.

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Critic Reviews for 42 Up

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (4)

  • 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.

    August 14, 2012 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    September 7, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • One of the best movie series ever is a true-life drama like no other. Miss it at your peril.

    July 21, 2005 | Rating: B+
  • As beneficial as helmer's influence may be to that aging franchise, his work here reps a fascinating use of the docu form.

    January 21, 2003 | Full Review…

    Eddie Cockrell

    Variety
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  • When this hugely ambitious project began, it was a longitudinal study of class divisions among English schoolchildren. But time and persistence have turned it into much more.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 5/5
  • The grand, class-society-embracing conception of this film has become too rich for its narrow stylistic confines.

    January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for 42 Up

  • Dec 03, 2018
    A surprising installment in the Up Series for those who don't believe you can change your life (sometimes quite radically, I would say) after you're 35 - and right when you think you have seen it all, things get even more interesting and impressive as we approach the end of the film.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2012
    It's good to see lives turning around and to see the mothers start to think about careers again. It's quite clear how the effect of documenting these people has changed them, though some more than others.
    Angela A Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2010
    One in the series of the greatest documentary ever made.
    Jeremy S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2010
    SEVEN UP Series (1964-->onwards) Directed by Michael Apted. This realism-style of documentary film-making was truly innovative in its time, a fact that in these days of 24hr-a-day Reality TV one can easily overlook. Director, Apted, did not select particularly special children & yet, each in their own way, IS special. One feels privileged to be permitted to share a little of their lives & the journeys that those lives take them on. It is also interesting (& sometimes confronting) to recognise parallels in one's own life to those seen on screen & has certainly given me pause to think at times. I don't believe a film-maker could hope to achieve more than that. ****4 & a half out of 5 stars**** (This R/V applies equally to all films in the series.)
    mirabella 1 Super Reviewer

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