56 Up Synopsis
Filmmaker Michael Apted revisits the original group he assembled in 1964, who are now 56 years old.
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
56 Up is as good a point as any to get hooked on the magnificent half-century series of documentaries, beginning in 1964 with "7 Up."
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100

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
56 Up feels like the most hopeful film of them all - amusing, entertaining, and touching.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It is a mystery, this business of life. I can't think of any under cinematic undertaking that allows us to realize that more deeply.
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100

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
It shows that life is what happens when you're busy making other plans. And how, in case we forget, every age can predict the next.
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90

Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
What makes 56 Up, like the “Up” films before it, so remarkable is how it puts these stories together, giving us an ensemble of characters...
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The attitude of many “UP” fans hovers between voyeurism and concern, between cherishing these people as distant friends and as extensions...
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This unique enterprise, which began as a documentary experiment almost a half century ago, has grown into an inspiring testimonial to the...
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75

Slant Magazine

By Steve Macfarlane
The series is both a testimonial to the vagaries of chance and an endlessly cyclical study into the implications of being studied.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
In the end, that just might be the takeaway from the "Up" series, that a 28-year-old, say, has more in common with another 28-year-old than...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Self-contained enough for theatrical audiences new to the series, it will play best with those who've come to care for these Brits over...
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Remarkable Documentary

By pedsarq
This British documentary has been chronicling the lives of the same people for decades and now most are 56 and up. Life has been kind to a few of them, but mostly these are real people who had...

Unique, Powerful, Poignant

By IWantMyMoneysWorth
A very unique and very powerful real-life look of what 14 exuberant seven year-old documentary participants in England were able to make of their subsequent 50 years of life, and what 50 years of...

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