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56 Up Reviews

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Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
January 13, 2013
Continuing Michael Apted's insightful commentary on how life can be full of surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 12, 2013
The latest, and perhaps greatest installment in a great documentary series. Moving, amusing and eye-opening.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 10, 2013
"56 Up" reminds us that change is ceaseless and often dramatic, bringing growth we could never have dreamed of as little kids.
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 10, 2013
Apted creates a graceful back-and-forth from the earlier films to the present, and the experience of seeing people who have lived so much on screen is quite profound.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 7, 2013
The effect is often profoundly moving, but you can't help but feel at times like there are other stories here you're missing.
Christopher Campbell
Film School Rejects
January 5, 2013
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 | Original Score: B
Emily Kirkpatrick
Paste Magazine
January 4, 2013
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 | Original Score: 8.3/10
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 4, 2013
What gives the series its force is not just its universality but also its particularity. These grown-ups may be Everyman, but they are also singular.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
January 4, 2013
More reflective than previous entries, 56 UP is also a richer, fuller, more emotional experience
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 4, 2013
"56 Up" is a rather bittersweet chapter, as age begins to further narrow those possibilities already defined at birth. And it hints that "63 Up," if we get there, may be sadder still.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
January 4, 2013
If 56 Up is something of a pleasant bore while you're watching it, it gains more resonance when you think about it as the calm before the approaching storm.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 4, 2013
'56 Up" is as good a point as any to get hooked on the magnificent half-century series of documentaries ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
January 3, 2013
These are moving images of touchingly vibrant lives at certain moments in time and space.
| Original Score: 4/5
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January 3, 2013
It offers a few insights, and fascinating updates on the most compelling characters.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 3, 2013
The superb latest addition to the documentary series by Michael Apted, following the lives of 14 people in England.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
January 3, 2013
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 | Original Score: 5/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
January 3, 2013
A rich portrait of how individual lives progress, and how age shapes expectations and experience.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
January 2, 2013
As pop anthropology, the series is unchallenged.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
January 2, 2013
Self-contained enough for theatrical auds new to the series, it will play best with those who've come to care for these Brits over time.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
January 2, 2013
[The film will be] of interest to faithful followers and easily accessible to newcomers.
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