56 Up

Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
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  1. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Jan 3, 2013
    60
    Certain moments in the film resemble nothing so much as attending a school reunion, being buttonholed by an old acquaintance and shown snapshots of the grandkids. A complacently conservative acceptance sometimes seems to blanket all of 56 Up, as if maturity entails a serene blessing of the status quo.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Feb 18, 2013
    9
    This film is both good entertainment as well as a brief study in human development and how this small group of British 7 year olds faired forThis film is both good entertainment as well as a brief study in human development and how this small group of British 7 year olds faired for 56 years. There's a huge range from the lives of the wealthy and priviledged to those struggling with misfortunes and tragic beginnings. It's also an insightful commentary on various aspects of society the past forty years. Full Review »
  2. Jul 7, 2015
    9
    I only saw two prior version of this long-running British documentary series before this one: 28 UP and 49 UP. I liked those both quite a bit,I only saw two prior version of this long-running British documentary series before this one: 28 UP and 49 UP. I liked those both quite a bit, and I was even more uniquely satisfied with this episode, even though most characters did not have super dramatic life changes in the last seven years. How almost every character grows and evolves is just so interesting. The main downside remains the unfortunate demographic imbalance with the subjects being about 75% male and with only one character of a minority racial status. That can't be changed, but otherwise this is a fascinating human study. I'm encouraged to go back and watch the "Up" films I have not seen yet. Full Review »
  3. Mar 23, 2013
    9
    You may be familiar with this series from before, but I must say I am pleasantly surprised at how it has changed. It is clearer in picture andYou may be familiar with this series from before, but I must say I am pleasantly surprised at how it has changed. It is clearer in picture and sound (that is to say, the archival footage seems improved), and better edited than in previous incarnations. So if you thought you saw enough at '35 Up' or '42 Up', it is less of a slog now. Though it is hard to be comprehensive about these life stories in short gulps every seven years, still it is fascinating and the sheer images of styles and settings thru the years is rewarding in its own way too. As a cursory summary for the participants, I must say that the people seem more satisfied and relaxed than before, and there is a level of happiness that just doesn't exist in the United States as far as I have encountered. I don't know if that has to do with the British lifestyle, or benefits the government has provided, or other cultural factors... but there seems to be a general feeling of gratitude with what life has brought them and very little sense of disaster or regret. Full Review »