56 Up
56 Up (2013)

"Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man." Starting in 1964 with Seven Up, The UP Series has explored this Jesuit maxim. The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 4, 2013
DVD Release Date: July 2, 2013
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Michael Apted continues to utilize cinema as a window into the lives of everyday people, and in the reflection of this documentary we can glimpse our own aging humanity.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

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.

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Michelle Orange
Capital New York

Here as always [Director Michael] Apted jumps between his subjects' variously aged selves with hypnotic, occasionally ruthless dexterity, mapping new narrative sequences and creating damning or salubrious conversations.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

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.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Perhaps predictably the mellowest of the movies. They for the most part seem to have settled into an autumnal contentment. The big conflicts have been largely resolved.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

We're now at 56 Up,, and with each passing calendar leap, the experience of watching has only become more soul-stirring.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

We feel good, refreshed and depressed in watching these people get older, also embarrassed in moments and cautioned about the passage of time.

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Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

As the project hits its half-century mark, with the "kids" settling into middle age, the signature cross-cutting between then, now and everything in between feels downright Proustian in its emotional depth.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
As fascinating as it can be for many to see the changes in the participants over the years, it can be just as interesting for cineastes to see how the series… More
Angela Alcorn
I am so glad I finally got to watch this. I realise most of the participants don't really like being a part if this any more (if they ever did), but I… More
John Ballantine
The best of the Michael Apted series thus far mainly because the subjects now have the wisdom of at least half a lifetime and can reflect back on what was said… More
John C
Far more than just a movie 56 UP and the Up series stand alone as one of the most sociological important touchstones of our time. Astounding to see the… More