49 Up
49 Up (2006)

"49 Up" is the seventh film in a series of landmark documentaries that began 42 years ago when UK-based Granada's "World in Action" team, inspired by the Jesuit maxim "Give me the child until he is seven and I… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 6, 2006
DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The latest installment in this remarkable series, 49 Up is a satisfying continuation of Michael Apted's singular sociological and cinematic experiment.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

This seventh installment is utterly fascinating, drawing heavily on footage from the previous movies to follow each child on the journey into middle age.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

The segments are so cleverly arranged -- [director Michael Apted] includes past pictorial references for each of the people we revisit -- that now there is something almost mystical involved.

Fernando F. Croce

Essential viewing

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Michael Apted's Up series remains one of the great imaginative leaps in film.

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Sean P. Means

But a funny thing happened on the way to the class-warfare lecture: Most of the subjects got on with living their lives, ignoring their class distinctions in the process.

Cole Smithey

There should not be an adult in the western world who isn't at least tacitly familiar with Michael Apted's groundbreaking documentary series based on the idea that a person's personality is formed by the age of seven.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

I can think of no single movie, fictional or factual, that more strongly awakens our common humanity or that establishes such a marvelous, tight bond with its characters.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

I'll wait breathlessly for 56 Up, and hope this brave group will speak to the camera again; giving us the gift of a share in their lives.

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Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

In 42 years has the series brought any insight into issues of class, politics, or culture? Perhaps only insofar as nearly all the participants, regardless of background, end up as the same bourgeois, middle-aged mediocrities.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Nate Zoebl
In 1964, filmmaker Michael Apted (Coal Miner's Daughter, Gorillas in the Mist) interviewed 14 seven-year-old kids from different British backgrounds asking… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In 1964, a documentary film crew filmed a disparate group of 7-year olds in England and has revisited them every seven years since then.… More
Jason Spencer
Not a lot has changed since we last saw our "kids" but we do get to see most of them happy and mostly content with life. I'm amazed at a few of… More
John Ballantine
As I mentioned in my review of 35 Up, this series continues to be fascinating even though some of the original participants have fallen by the wayside. The only… More
jay nixon
Fascinating series, well worh the time to watch.
Angela Alcorn
I love how the big hook of this installment was "What's happened to Neil?" although I have to say I was also quite pleased to see Tony and… More