42: Forty Two Up

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  • Summary: Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait. One of the most interesting film experiments ever. This time the group is 42, with eleven of the original fourteen still being documented.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Phoebe Flowers
    100
    A truly great and deceptively simple work, redefining the power of film.
  2. The latest installment is packed with surprises and emotion for people who've seen earlier stages of the project, but even newcomers will be fascinated by the vivid glimpses it provides of everything from love and family to political action and the pervasiveness of class distinctions in British life.
  3. This is an amazing record of a group of lives -- and probably more resonant than anyone could have imagined when the project began.
  4. When this hugely ambitious project began, it was a longitudinal study of class divisions among English schoolchildren. But time and persistence have turned it into much more.
  5. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    88
    Offers a welcome continuation of what has proven a fascinating journey both for the film's 11 subjects (three of the 14 opted out of the project this go-round) and its audience.
  6. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    A miracle of data retrieval as the grown schoolchildren are measured against their footage from the earlier films.
  7. It would be tempting to describe the Up movies as a miracle in the history of nonfiction filmmaking, if they didn't also represent one of the cinema's most singularly squandered opportunities.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. DanC.
    Sep 18, 2005
    10
    The latest installment of an amazing series is also the best. It's worth seeing all five previous films before this one (all are The latest installment of an amazing series is also the best. It's worth seeing all five previous films before this one (all are avialable on video). This is some of the most compelling documentary work I have ever seen. I was literally depressed for days when I realized that one of the most interesting subjects refused to be in this edition; this series makes you care that much about the people whose lives it reveals. Expand
  2. JulieP.
    Oct 3, 2006
    10
    A fascinating insight into lives, dreams and ambitions. I look forward to each episode the way I'd look forward to catching up with old A fascinating insight into lives, dreams and ambitions. I look forward to each episode the way I'd look forward to catching up with old friends. I think about them, worry about them and rejoice in their achievements. A superb series! Collapse

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