42 Up Reviews

August 14, 2012
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.
September 7, 2011
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.
July 21, 2005
One of the best movie series ever is a true-life drama like no other. Miss it at your peril.
January 21, 2003
As beneficial as helmer's influence may be to that aging franchise, his work here reps a fascinating use of the docu form.
January 1, 2000
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
The grand, class-society-embracing conception of this film has become too rich for its narrow stylistic confines.
January 1, 2000
This series should be sealed in a time capsule. It is on my list of the 10 greatest films of all time, and is a noble use of the medium.
January 1, 2000
At its best, the Up series does what art is meant to do: It binds us to others, helps us to identify our feelings and reminds us of our shared humanity.
January 1, 2000
There's something incredibly simple yet profound about what Apted has done with this series. It's an amazing achievement - not only is it a sociological masterpiece, but it's a fine example of how real-life drama can often be more compelling than fiction.
January 1, 2000
A bit slower and heavier, but its connection of past and present yields more subtle character twists and contradictions than ever before.