The Age of Adaline

2015

The Age of Adaline

Critics Consensus

The Age of Adaline ruminates on mortality less compellingly than similarly themed films, but is set apart by memorable performances from Blake Lively and Harrison Ford.

56%

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Total Count: 161

67%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 38,778
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After miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) reignites her passion for life and romance. When a weekend with his parents (Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker) threatens to uncover the truth, Adaline makes a decision that will change her life forever. (C) Lionsgate

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Cast

Blake Lively
as Adaline
Michiel Huisman
as Ellis Jones
Harrison Ford
as William Jones
Ellen Burstyn
as Flemming
Kathy Baker
as Kathy Jones
Amanda Crew
as Kikki Jones
Hugh Ross
as Narrator
Fulvio Cecere
as Cab Driver
Peter James Grey
as Clarence James Prescott
Izabel A. Pearce
as Flemming (Age 5)
Cate Richardson
as Flemming (Age 20)
Noel Johansen
as 1950's Policeman
Aaron Craven
as 1950's FBI Agent
Primo Allon
as 1940's Officer #1
Darren Dolynski
as 1940's Officer #2
Chris William Martin
as Dale Davenport
Mark Ghanimé
as New Year's Eve Stranger
Shaker Paleja
as Hotel Doorman
Daniel Bacon
as Boat Tunnel Guide
Barclay Hope
as Financial Advisor
Robert Maloney
as 1950's Financial Advisor
Deejay Jackson
as 1960's Cab Driver
Lane Edwards
as Veterinarian
Tony Levins
as Ellis Apartment Super
Anthony Ingruber
as Young William Jones
Keith McCafferty
as 1960's Hippie Photographer
Serge Houde
as Good Samaritan
Alison Wandruza
as Paramedic #1
Alison Wandzura
as Paramedic #1
Demord Dann
as Paramedic #2
Grace Chin
as E.R. Doctor
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Critic Reviews for The Age of Adaline

All Critics (161) | Top Critics (40)

  • Like Adaline, the film gives the sense of being somewhat uncomfortable in 2015, but while the movie makes a case for romanticizing the past, Adaline's story shows the limitations of detaching yourself from the present.

    Dec 31, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Lively is appealing, natural and often touching.

    Dec 30, 2015
  • This magical-realist meditation on mortality is untroubled by logic, clarity, intelligence -- anything that might salvage such simple-minded slush.

    May 7, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • A lead performance of mind-bending dullness is given by Blake Lively, whose surname suddenly looks horribly ironic.

    May 7, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Harrison Ford's performance is the big surprise in this otherwise wonky, frequently shambling tall tale.

    May 5, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The conceit endows Lively's regal air of distracted superiority with an intermittent pathos, but the director, Lee Toland Krieger, brings no identifiable perspective, and the screenwriters ... hardly tap a century's worth of material.

    Apr 27, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Age of Adaline

  • Sep 21, 2017
    The movie premise of the lady that would not age due to an accident is presented by an off voice in a way that leaves no doubts about the sincerity of the story told. The plot itself has all the trademarks of a classic love drama, especially the San Francisco scenes have their very own charm. The cast works great together, the twist gives the last act a very new dynamic. Romantics will certainly enjoy this.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2016
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    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2016
    In one of the most surprising films I have seen in a very long time, "Age of Adaline" presents an extremely engaging and effective story. That however, is the films biggest flaw as well. After crashing into a river, a lightning bolt henceforth makes Adaline immune to the ravages of time. To me that storyline is a little iffy. The magical way the narrator explains it in the film and the way the world evolves around her, was very beautiful to me. Yes, it is a stretch to believe this to ever happen in reality, but if you let that slide, you may just have a wonderful time watching this as I did. "Age of Adaline" is well-acted, well-directed, and especially well-scripted. I believed everything each character said and how they reacted to her. Overall, "Age of Adaline" has imperfections, but I really bought into this story and I wanted to see even more. I really like this film.
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Dec 18, 2015
    Blake Lively plays the titular character in this charming and extremely well executed piece of love and the perils of ageing. Lively has a trance-like aura that will captivate audiences to watch her every movement, giving a performance that is sincere and heartfelt. While some may find the movie to be a bit slow, every scene has its place in conveying a message of how long can you run from happiness and from love? The supporting cast is lovely and not underutilised, with Ellen Burstyn giving a touching performance as Adaline's daughter, while Michiel Huisman plays the primary love interest, giving some depth to what would otherwise be a one-dimensional character. Finally there is Harrison Ford, who surprisingly also gives an emotional turn as the aged William Jones as his present, past and future all reconnect in a timely manner, giving him plenty of material to give an emotional bitter-sweet performance. Is the movie perfect? No. But it sure has a lot of charm and a lot of heart going for it. 3/5
    Jarrad C Super Reviewer

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