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 … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Yeldham
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On DVD: Jan 6, 2009
Columbia Pictures


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Critic Reviews for Age of Consent

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | January 1, 2009
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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Chicago Reader
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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

A bitter comedy that has something meaningful to say about the creative nature of the artist.

Full Review… | May 12, 2008
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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 : )

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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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