35 Up
35 Up (1991)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 8, 1991
DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

It's a brilliant, vital human document.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

[35 Up] finds this series growing increasingly rueful with age.

Hal Hinson
Washington Post

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.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Another engrossing entry in a groundbreaking series.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The latest installment in the most engrossing long-distance documentary project in the history of film.

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TV Guide

35 Up is a God-like glimpse of the uninterrupted trajectory of lives that is vastly disturbing, cooly scientific and intensely emotional.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

The remaining participants grapple with disillusionment, their reconcilement of the past, and their relationship to their own children.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Jason Spencer
We see one of the "kids" come back that had chosen not to participate in the last installment and two more drop out without a word. So we have lost… More
John Ballantine
Perhaps I should review Apted's series in its totality but each of these films has their uniqueness and charms. This one is no exception although some of… More
Angela Alcorn
This series is great. Well worth watching from the start, but maybe with a few month's worth of rest between each film (unlike what I did) otherwise the… More