Age of Consent


Age of Consent (1969)



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Attempting to leave the problems and stresses of the modern world behind, painter Mason moves from New York City to a small island on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. But trouble follows the artist in an odd assortment of interesting personalities. One of them is Mirren. Moved by her beauty, Mason asks Mirren to be his model. Eventually thievery, scandal, and much worse begins to boil to the surface.

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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.

Sep 17, 2015 | Full Review…
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A lovely, erotic, and idyllic comedy.

Oct 18, 2008 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 18, 2008 | Full Review…
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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.

Feb 9, 2009 | Full Review…

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

Jan 9, 2009 | Full Review…

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

Oct 18, 2008 | Full Review…

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
Red Lats

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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.

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