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The Age of Adaline (2015)

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Critic 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.

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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 Wandzura
as Paramedic #1
Alison Wandruza
as Paramedic #1
Demord Dann
as Paramedic #2
Grace Chin
as E.R. Doctor
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All Critics (140) | Top Critics (35)

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.

Full Review… | December 31, 2015
The Atlantic
Top Critic

Lively is appealing, natural and often touching.

Full Review… | December 30, 2015
Associated Press
Top Critic

Harrison Ford's performance is the big surprise in this otherwise wonky, frequently shambling tall tale.

Full Review… | May 5, 2015
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 27, 2015
New Yorker
Top Critic

This is one of those movies that have you wondering: Long before the actors signed up and the locations were chosen and the sets were built and the filming began, how did someone not say, "Um, we have a big problem with this story"?

April 26, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

This is a film that needs Amy Adams's twinkle or Sandra Bullock's nervous stammering. It needs a star with life.

Full Review… | April 24, 2015
Grantland
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Age of Adaline

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 Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Flawed. Had the potential to be something really good, but falls flat. Blake Lively is outstanding and plays Adaline with a timelessness that rings true for the old soul she truly is. The romance parts felt icky to me with the father and son and I hated the voice over. Worth a watch, but once was enough.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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 Climpson
Jarrad Climpson

Super Reviewer

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