Innocence Reviews

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Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
September 10, 2004
Genuinely frightening stuff unraveled in a very untraditional way.
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F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly
December 9, 2002
Cox's own directorial style is innocent, in the sense of being original without ever straining for effect.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
A terrific film, understated and thoughtful, beautifully crafted and alive with respect for the power of love to change lives at any age.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Collin Souter
April 26, 2002
Paul Cox's "Innocence"...a film so beautiful and pure it just might restore your faith in ci-nee-ma!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
February 15, 2002
I'd applaud Australian writer-director Paul Cox ... just for showing two people of about 70 who are emotionally alive, sexually connected and mentally vibrant.
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
January 22, 2002
An exercise in quiet elegance and disarming earthiness.
Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
December 7, 2001
[Blake] brings such warmth and understated passion to the role that she single-handedly offsets the weepy, melodramatic acoustic guitar riffs on the soundtrack.
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
December 6, 2001
A human story told with taste and simplicity. Better still, it is not maudlin.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 23, 2001
Not only romantic, it's also touching, and its ideas are expressed with genuine eloquence.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 19, 2001
This is a timeless love story for people of all ages.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
November 11, 2001
Offers a moving tribute to love and the courage its risk-taking requires.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 8, 2001
Makes you long for an American filmmaker with the guts to put the AARP generation in roles this deep and rewarding.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
November 2, 2001
How can one praise a film that's so busy congratulating and complimenting itself?
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
November 2, 2001
The timelessness of love is perfectly expressed in Innocence, Paul Cox's humane story of rekindled romance among the elderly.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Brad Haynes
Orlando Weekly
November 2, 2001
Takes a brave look at the need for emotional and physical love, no matter one's age, and proves a memorable glimpse into the lives of characters who are so often merely forgotten.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 1, 2001
Claire and Andreas are both strong characters with compelling dilemmas that are beautifully realized by actors Julia Blake and Charles 'Bud' Tingwell.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
October 29, 2001
Despite Cox's worst meddling, most of the passion and excitement comes through.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 28, 2001
Innocence is remarkable in several big ways that make it possible to overlook the nagging little ways in which it doesn't succeed.
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
October 25, 2001
It's about grown-ups and for grown-ups.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
October 25, 2001
Because the script has them lovey-dovey from beginning to bittersweet end, their story is fatally lacking in dramatic conflict.
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