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  • Summary: 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)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. [Lionsgate] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Apr 22, 2015
    88
    Ford, in a performance as affecting as any he’s ever given, lifts this romance in ways we never see coming.
  2. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Apr 23, 2015
    75
    The film is as tender and endearing as a lamb, a lamb at rest in a fragrant atmosphere. It’s a film that has a determined, unironic respect for things past. It’s as if millennial hipsterism, with its feigned fascination for all things retro, took a surprising further step: actual respect for learning, for experience, for wisdom.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Apr 23, 2015
    67
    The movie runs the risk of coming off as misogynistic tripe, especially considering it was written by two men and directed by another. Somehow it avoids that fate, rising to the level of a serviceable YA fantasy about the way mortality gives meaning to life.
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Apr 23, 2015
    50
    Like its heroine, The Age of Adaline is afraid of its emotions, and stuck flat-footed in time.
  5. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Apr 23, 2015
    50
    The director Lee Toland Krieger is good with actors, especially in the expression of a low-key, unforced intimacy.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Apr 23, 2015
    50
    The story feels like a less complicated companion to "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." Obvious logical questions are ignored. For instance, if she remains 29, does that make her immortal?
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Apr 23, 2015
    25
    A stunningly wrong-footed journey that begins with an attempt at bittersweet magic and ends on a series of sour and increasingly dopey notes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. Apr 24, 2015
    10
    With a strong cast, incredible writing and an interesting concept, The Age Of Adeline is a wondrous film that respects it's merits. AdelineWith a strong cast, incredible writing and an interesting concept, The Age Of Adeline is a wondrous film that respects it's merits. Adeline (played by Blake Lively) goes through an accident that changes her life, she loses her ability to age. She falls in love with a young Harrison Ford (Anthony Ingruber), and many years later, she falls in love with a young man (Micheal Huisman) who is the son of the young Harrsion Ford she loved many years ago. The movie is very smooth, and heart wrenching, Huisman and Lively knock it out of the park and Ford gives a serious role as well. The beautiful cinematography shows, and the beautiful humane scenes played by Lively deserve applause and praise. Overall, it's NOT a chick flick, so go give it a watch, it has depth, emotion, love and happiness. The Age Of Adeline is an excellent movie. Expand
  2. Apr 24, 2015
    10
    Blake Lively is a queen, this movie is perfect and all i want is to see her growing up in this industry, i'm so happy about this movie and iBlake Lively is a queen, this movie is perfect and all i want is to see her growing up in this industry, i'm so happy about this movie and i hope it gets success Expand
  3. Apr 24, 2015
    7
    Blake Lively is really, really good in this role. She's come a long way since Gossip Girl. Harrison Ford also probably does his best workBlake Lively is really, really good in this role. She's come a long way since Gossip Girl. Harrison Ford also probably does his best work since Regarding Henry. You have to go in with lowered expectations, but you'll probably gain some insight on life and making the most of your time. Expand
  4. Apr 29, 2015
    6
    After a freak accident, a 29-year-old woman stops aging. She lives a furtive existence for 80 years, until she meets a man (Michiel Huisman)After a freak accident, a 29-year-old woman stops aging. She lives a furtive existence for 80 years, until she meets a man (Michiel Huisman) who ignites her desire to love once again. Everything changes when she visits his parents (Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker). This is a typical frustrated romance with an interesting sci-fi angle (and a stilted, unneeded narration). The performances aren't exceptional, with the exception of Ford who has some genuinely moving moments. As predictable as it is, the film is attractively shot and effectively tells its story. Expand
  5. May 25, 2015
    5
    The Age of Adaline is the classic example of a movie made by the wrong director. Blake Lively is captivating but the sheer laziness of talkingThe Age of Adaline is the classic example of a movie made by the wrong director. Blake Lively is captivating but the sheer laziness of talking about the most meaningful aspects of her life are not excusable. The narration is embarrassing and moments are missed. Change everything except the concept and Blake Lively and you will have a good movie on your hands. Expand
  6. May 12, 2015
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. First I guess I have to mention the narration. I'll never understand why movies have unnecessary narration that is only good for killing the mood. It's hard to enjoy a film when it just spoon feeds you things. That's the one thing that really annoyed me, but beyond that it is just dull. Slow pace should try to compensate with a good plot. Age of Adaline does not have that. It just predictably drags on to an ending you could see from a mile away.

    The biggest problem is that Adaline just comes on the scene and she is perfect. We don't see her grow as a character, change through the times or have anything that makes her interesting. It might have worked in film that focused on the plot, but a character focused film can't have a main character be this boring.

    Other characters are okay but they just seem like accessories to show how amazing Adaline is.
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  7. Apr 26, 2015
    0
    If somebody took the time to read this ludicrous script- I would not have wasted two precious hours of my life on the adult fairy tale- Age ofIf somebody took the time to read this ludicrous script- I would not have wasted two precious hours of my life on the adult fairy tale- Age of Adaline- without a "Grimm" moment. Our Benjamin Button ‘Nancy Drew’ stuck in neutral is running her whole life fearing scientists might do an ET on her while it’s aging hollywood starlets that would rip her to shreds. For the first hour we see how she’s one step ahead of everyone until a big whoopsy. I say hello and you say goodbye and good bye and goodbye is corny enough as our fable’s moral—but no- this one is more perverse—when two starry eyed family members are sucked into the same black hole. Nothing cures like time and love. So i’ll be okay in a few days. Expand

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