56 Up (2013)



Critic Consensus: Director Michael Apted continues to utilize cinema as a window into the lives of everyday people, and in the reflection of this documentary we can glimpse our own aging humanity.

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"Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man." Starting in 1964 with Seven Up, The UP Series has explored this Jesuit maxim. The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. Every seven years, renowned director Michael Apted, a researcher for Seven Up, has been back to talk to them, examining the progression of their lives. (c) First Run Features
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All Critics (65) | Top Critics (28)

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… | January 1, 2014
Chicago Reader
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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… | January 1, 2014
Washington Post
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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… | January 1, 2014
Entertainment Weekly
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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… | March 28, 2013
Arizona Republic
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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… | February 21, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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… | February 14, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for 56 Up

I am so glad I finally got to watch this. I realise most of the participants don't really like being a part if this any more (if they ever did), but I still find it fascinating. I also was left thinking two of the participants had married each other for a moment. That would have been interesting.

Angela Alcorn
Angela Alcorn

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The best of the Michael Apted series thus far mainly because the subjects now have the wisdom of at least half a lifetime and can reflect back on what was said in previous programs with new knowledge of life.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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Far more than just a movie 56 UP and the Up series stand alone as one of the most sociological important touchstones of our time. Astounding to see the child-like wonderment give way to harsh reality in most of the children. It gives one pause to reflect on their own life and see how far one has come...or not. This is cinematic perfection. (3-3-13 UT)

John C
John C

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