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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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 with his own incarnation at 70. Who knows? There are mysteries of life captured within the frames of this film that are eluding our grasp. We're still too close to it. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    This unique enterprise, which began as a documentary experiment almost a half century ago, has grown into an inspiring testimonial to the unpredictability of the human spirit. show more

  • 100
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 70
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    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 time. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 100
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    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." show more

  • 100
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    56 Up feels like the most hopeful film of them all - amusing, entertaining, and touching. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The attitude of many “UP” fans hovers between voyeurism and concern, between cherishing these people as distant friends and as extensions of ourselves. They’re canaries in the coal mine of human existence. show more

  • 75
    Steve Macfarlane Slant Magazine

    The series is both a testimonial to the vagaries of chance and an endlessly cyclical study into the implications of being studied. show more

  • 90
    Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic

    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 as interesting as any in a scripted drama. show more

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