Age of Consent (1969) - Rotten Tomatoes

Age of Consent (1969)




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James Mason is Bradley Morahan, an Australian artist far away from home and trying to prod his muse in the bowels of New York City. Disgusted with life in the big city, Bradley decides to return to his roots and heads back home to Australia. Once there, he decides to become a Gauguin primitive and sets up shop on a deserted island on the Great Barrier Reef. To his disappointment, however, he discovers the island is populated by a drunken old harridan (Neva Carr-Glyn) and her attractive granddaughter Cora (Helen Mirren). One look at Cora, and Bradley excitedly begins to mix his pigments, offering Cora a job as his model. Soon enough, Cora goes native and poses for Bradley in the raw. Love is, of course, in the air. But just as things seem to being going fine in every way, Bradley's old friend Nat (Jack MacGowran) appears on the island out of the blue and proceeds to rob Bradley blind. Barely recovered from the theft, Bradley must also deal with an irate grandma, who discovers that Cora has been posing nude for Bradley and has been keeping her earnings hidden from granny. Bradley's island paradise is shattered and he finds he has to deal with an old woman threatening to turn him in to the authorities for having a minor pose naked before him and his easel. The character of Morahan was based on real-life Bohemian artist Norman Lindsay, who later became the subject of John Duigan's Sirens (1994). ~ Paul Brenner, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Yeldham
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 6, 2009
Columbia Pictures


James Mason
as Bradley Morahan
Jack MacGowran
as Nat Kelly
Antonia Katsaros
as Isabel Marley
Michael Boddy
as Hendricks
Harold Hopkins
as Ted Farrell
Max Meldrum
as Television Interview...
Hudson Fausset
as New Yorker
Eric Reiman
as An Art Lover
Frank Thring
as Godfrey
Dora Hing
as Receptionist
Peggy Cass
as New Yorker's Wife
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Critic Reviews for Age of Consent

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

The picture has immense charm and the actual photography (particularly underwater scenes) and superb scenery make it a good travelog ad for the Great Barrier Reef area where most of it was filmed.

Full Review… | September 17, 2015
Top Critic

A lovely, erotic, and idyllic comedy.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

There are some nervous insertions of redundant comic relief, but not enough to shatter the prevailing mood: brilliant sunlight illuminating all the unmomentous ins and outs of a human passion.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Age of Consent is never as provocative or engrossing as it should be, but there is enough of interest (especially Mirren) to make it worth a look.

Full Review… | February 9, 2009
DVD Review

Though it lacks the vivid touch from his earlier days, it has a surprisingly comfortable, relaxed feel, still vigorous but also at peace.

Full Review… | January 9, 2009
Combustible Celluloid

Powell's deft exploration of the emotional effects of their encounter prove much more successful than the film's odd comic subplots.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008

Audience Reviews for Age of Consent

I watched all the way through this movie before I found out that the "child" in this movie was Helen Mirren. Who knew she was young once. Actually I didn't like the movie that much. I would have preferred that the painter stayed true to his art and not thrash around with the kid at the end.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Michael Powell's last directorial endeavor, the resurrection of James Mason's career, and the role that put Helen Mirren on the map. This beautiful little film is a must-see for a stunning Mirren alone, although it is a great comment on the 60s. Thinking about it now, as Powell's last, I see parallels with Shakespeare's The Tempest and even, perhaps, with Faulkner's The Reivers. I say again, flixster friends, this is a true must-see.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer


I'm not gonna lie, I wanted to watch this for young naked Helen Mirren. In that regard, I was vastly rewarded. On its own as a film, it's pretty bland and boring. Mason's character isn't very interesting, and not much happens (besides said Mirren getting naked lots). I guess I could pretend to say I wanted to watch it because it's Michael Powell's last film since it's at least partially true, and I was also let down in that regard; what a whimper to go out on.

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