42 Up
42 Up (1999)

Michael Apted's renowned series tests the maxim by returning every seven years to 14 British children originally profiled in 7 UP (1964). He began the series seeking to confirm the class distinctions were alive and well in England. And… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 17, 1999
DVD Release Date: August 21, 2001
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

Their largely negative or only superficially positive responses make me feel guilty about finding the series so fascinating -- and should make the filmmakers feel even guiltier.

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Eddie Cockrell

As beneficial as helmer's influence may be to that aging franchise, his work here reps a fascinating use of the docu form.

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Chuck Walton

42 Up is a delightful and moving look at humanity through the singular stories of this captivating group.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

On some level, 42 Up is a startling home-movie time capsule. Simply to behold the aging process with such intimacy is enough to give you a shudder.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

The grand, class-society-embracing conception of this film has become too rich for its narrow stylistic confines.

Cole Smithey

Perfect. An absolute must-see.

Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle

One of the best movie series ever is a true-life drama like no other. Miss it at your peril.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This series should be sealed in a time capsule. It is on my list of the 10 greatest films of all time, and is a noble use of the medium.

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Emanuel Levy

Part of Apted seminal docu series that began with 7Up, then 14, 28, and 35, this chapter centers on the subjects as they head into middle-age, with all its compromises and disappointments.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Jeremy Smith
One in the series of the greatest documentary ever made.
Angela Alcorn
It's good to see lives turning around and to see the mothers start to think about careers again. It's quite clear how the effect of documenting these… More
Jason Spencer
It continues. We are still missing three of the "kids" as one who came back last time dropped out again and one that was missing in the last… More
Nicki Marie
Great series, have really enjoyed all these movies.