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In 1963, director Michael Apted and then-partner Paul Almond chronicled the lives of 14 seven-year-olds for British television; they returned to the same group at intervals of seven years for updates, of which this is the fifth. It's possible to watch this film without having seen the other chapters (28 Up and 42 Up are the only other installments in circulation), because Apted offers thumbnail flashbacks with each interview. Several of the original subjects declined to be filmed for 35 Up (the film acknowledges them with reference to their most recent appearance in the series), and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"There's certainly plenty of food for thought here, but most of it is served raw rather than cooked -- most of the significance of the development of faces, physiques, aspirations, and attitudes over three decades is left to the subjects themselves."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It's a brilliant, vital human document."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Part of Apted's seminal series that began with 7Up, this segment has different dynamics, emphasizing the children of the subjects and the deaths of their parents, showing stronmg evidence of the life cycle."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"35 Up is about life, real life from childhood through adulthood."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"[35 Up] finds this series growing increasingly rueful with age."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The film's realism is as ruthless as it is low-key. It's impossible not to look at the 35-year-old woman and mourn the loss of the 7-year-old girl."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Another engrossing entry in a groundbreaking series."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Most people will feel the start of tears at unpredictable points in this movie. They come from compassion and sympathy in the truest sense of those words -- we identify with these people living their lives as best as they can."
‑ Kathleen Maher, Austin Chronicle
"The latest installment in the most engrossing long-distance documentary project in the history of film."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"35 Up is a God-like glimpse of the uninterrupted trajectory of lives that is vastly disturbing, cooly scientific and intensely emotional."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The remaining participants grapple with disillusionment, their reconcilement of the past, and their relationship to their own children."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Exceedingly long and repetitive."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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