56 Up Reviews

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January 1, 2014
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.
January 1, 2014
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.
January 1, 2014
We're now at 56 Up,, and with each passing calendar leap, the experience of watching has only become more soul-stirring.
March 28, 2013
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.
February 21, 2013
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.
February 14, 2013
We feel good, refreshed and depressed in watching these people get older, also embarrassed in moments and cautioned about the passage of time.
February 14, 2013
Apted skillfully weaves old footage with the new, and we become poignantly aware of another factor shaping their lives (and our own): biology, as the we watch the once-cute kids grow gray and heavy.
February 7, 2013
Apted, himself now in his early 70s, says he hopes to continue the series further. Long may it live.
February 7, 2013
Time has been neither kind nor cruel to the 13 men and women profiled in "56 UP." It has just been time, which is what this groundbreaking series is about.
January 31, 2013
We are all older now, and this series proves it in a most deeply moving way.
January 28, 2013
Inevitably, one looks in the mirror afterward and thinks, What have I lost? What have I gained? And at what cost?
January 17, 2013
To see "56 Up" is to be reunited with an old friend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 4, 2013
'56 Up" is as good a point as any to get hooked on the magnificent half-century series of documentaries ...
January 3, 2013
These are moving images of touchingly vibrant lives at certain moments in time and space.
Top Critic
January 3, 2013
It offers a few insights, and fascinating updates on the most compelling characters.
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