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The Age of Innocence Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 19, 2013
I don't know any of those [prior] versions, and I wonder how (which means I doubt that) they avoided the snare that Wharton unwittingly set for her adapters, the snare that, for all his gifts, caught Scorsese.
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
February 1, 2010
Day-Lewis and Pfeifer are on top form with Ryder giving the performance of her career.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

February 1, 2010
Gorgeously shot, deceptively genteel period drama. Day-Lewis, Ryder and in particular Pfieffer give performances as polished as the silver and the result is slow, subtle but irresistibly powerful.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 1, 2010
Manages to be both personal and true to its source, though it never quite comes together.
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Todd McCarthy
September 22, 2008
An extraordinarily sumptuous piece of filmmaking.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
September 20, 2007
It also shows that while tradition can devolve into a conformity that stifles compassion and love, acting in mere self-interest can ultimately be just as destructive.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
July 22, 2006
Mr. Scorsese has made a big, intelligent movie that functions as if it were a window on a world he had just discovered, and about which he can't wait to spread the news.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 22, 2006
Spurning Masterpiece Theatre twittiness, Scorsese cuts to the primal passions of Wharton's tale.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
The Age of Innocence drags through some of the usual costume movie elements, but Scorsese's exuberance carries the show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Scorsese's most poignantly moving film.
Emanuel Levy
December 1, 2005
The movie seems a departure from Scorsese's turf of violence and lower class men, but Wharton's depiction of rigid milieu with its restrictive mores and emotional repression bears resemblance to Little Italy's male subculture.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
May 27, 2005
A stylish but fairly forgettable Scorsese effort
| Original Score: 3/5
Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections
April 23, 2005
The great tragedy is that the hypocrisies that Newland and Olenska work to reveal are the very same ones that ultimately destroy everything passionate and human within them.
Full Review | Original Score: 73/100
Michael Dequina
January 2, 2004
A moving and impassioned work from one of the foremost filmmakers today.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Victoria Alexander
October 3, 2003
Scorsese must stay away from period pieces.
| Original Score: 2/5

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
Scorsese brings to stuffy New York society the same keen regard for the rules of social games that characterize his earlier films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003
The story lacks the depth of emotion needed to engage the interests of the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Dragan Antulov
October 4, 2002
Quite fascinating.
Full Review| Original Score: 8/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 25, 2002
[Age of Innocence] is a veritable feast for the eyes, but the story's about as entertaining as a fourth grade adaptation of a Neil Simon play.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeremy Heilman
June 2, 2002
Thanks to Scorsese's directorial prowess, the film completely immerses the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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