(2012 TV Movie)

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100
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.
100
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."
100
Every profile is fascinating, but certain ones stand out.
100
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.
100
56 Up feels like the most hopeful film of them all - amusing, entertaining, and touching.
90
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.
88
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.
80
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.
75
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.
75
The series is both a testimonial to the vagaries of chance and an endlessly cyclical study into the implications of being studied.
70
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.

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