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56 Up

Since 1964, director Michael Apted has documented the fates of a group of Britons, questioning them every seven years about their lives and beliefs. Apted's subjects are now 56 years old, and provide perspectives that are frequently surprising.
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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.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic  full review
 
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.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
 
We feel good, refreshed and depressed in watching these people get older, also embarrassed in moments and cautioned about the passage of time.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
 
Apted skillfully weaves old footage with the new, and we become poignantly aware of another factor shaping their lives (and our own): biology, as the we watch the once-cute kids grow gray and heavy.
Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch  full review
 
Apted, himself now in his early 70s, says he hopes to continue the series further. Long may it live.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times  full review
 
Watching "56 Up" gives you the wonderful feeling of seeing a sociological experiment blossom into something novelistically rich and humane.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
 
Time has been neither kind nor cruel to the 13 men and women profiled in "56 UP." It has just been time, which is what this groundbreaking series is about.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe  full review
 
We are all older now, and this series proves it in a most deeply moving way.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
 
Inevitably, one looks in the mirror afterward and thinks, What have I lost? What have I gained? And at what cost?
David Denby, New Yorker  full review
 
To see "56 Up" is to be reunited with an old friend.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times  full review
 
"56 Up" reminds us that change is ceaseless and often dramatic, bringing growth we could never have dreamed of as little kids.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal  full review
 
Apted creates a graceful back-and-forth from the earlier films to the present, and the experience of seeing people who have lived so much on screen is quite profound.
John Anderson, Newsday  full review
 
What gives the series its force is not just its universality but also its particularity. These grown-ups may be Everyman, but they are also singular.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor  full review
 
"56 Up" is a rather bittersweet chapter, as age begins to further narrow those possibilities already defined at birth. And it hints that "63 Up," if we get there, may be sadder still.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger  full review
 
'56 Up" is as good a point as any to get hooked on the magnificent half-century series of documentaries ...
Kyle Smith, New York Post  full review
 
These are moving images of touchingly vibrant lives at certain moments in time and space.
Manohla Dargis, New York Times  full review
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