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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 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  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: Joe Williams
    Apr 23, 2015
    50
    Starved of sufficient comedy or drama, The Age of Adaline is a pipsqueak.
  5. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Apr 23, 2015
    50
    Haphazardly plotted, it not only falls prey to absolute predictability but chooses to have nearly every important conversation (except one) occur off-screen. That sort of laziness is unacceptable and results in a strong sense of audience dissatisfaction.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Apr 23, 2015
    50
    The Age of Adaline works best as a simple story of boy meets girl; girl falls in love; girl mulls whether or not to reveal that she’ll stay young forever. Everything else is just a lot of unnecessary noise.
  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: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. 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
  2. Apr 25, 2015
    10
    I have watched this movie four times given my interest in the subject matter, and it reveals itself more lavishly, cleverly and poignantlyI have watched this movie four times given my interest in the subject matter, and it reveals itself more lavishly, cleverly and poignantly each time. This has all the hallmarks of a classic film. Expand
  3. 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
  4. Apr 26, 2015
    7
    I'm not a fan of the chick flick genre, but I take my wife because she does like them, and she indulges me with my movie preferences,I'm not a fan of the chick flick genre, but I take my wife because she does like them, and she indulges me with my movie preferences, historical, gangster or twisted. But every genre has its gems and its rocks, and "The Age of Adaline", while it may not be a diamond, is a compelling film that allows just enough of the supernatural to keep it interesting.
    Blake Lively plays Adaline, a woman whom, through a car accident in the late 1930's, somehow after being struck by lightning in the car she's submerged in and revived, discovers that she doesn't age. This explanation of how her body stops the aging process may or may not be pliable, but that's missing the point, mainly - just what would it be like to be in that situation.
    Without giving too much away, the focus in this movie is her loneliness, which happens because she can't tell potential suitors what's wrong with her and doesn't want to watch them age while she stays young. As luck would have it, she meets Ellis, played by Michael Huisman, starts to fall in love, and then, upon meeting his parents for the first time, re-acquaints herself with Ellis' father, who was also a suitor of hers in the 1960's and recognizes her.
    We'll leave the plot there for now. Overall, the movie is touching in places, a bit sad, and does serve to remind those of us chasing our immortality that it may not be all it's cracked up to be. Harrison Ford, after spending a large portion of his career as wooden tough guys, has shown a tremendous improvement in movies where he acts for roles his age, including Branch Ricky, the legendary baseball coach in "1947" and as the father/former boyfriend in "The Age of Adaline". His acting is moving, emotional and perfect for this role.
    Hats off also to Anthony Ingruber, who plays the young Harrison Ford character, and while physically not being a dead ringer, his voice and mannerisms are eerily close. "The Age of Adaline" is a good movie, perhaps not a great movie, but will not disappoint.
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  5. 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
  6. Apr 24, 2015
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I honestly, really enjoyed this movie. The leads have a great chemistry together, it was really funny, and it felt like a genuine budding romance. And then it leads to one of the most **** contrived, deus ex machina feel-good endings I have seen tacked on to a good movie. Magically, through a ridiculous series of events, her body's aging process is restored so she can live old with "the man she loves" that she met 5 days ago. Just can't believe they ruined a very enjoyable film with such a pedestrian ending, god forbid anyone go outside the "and they lived happily ever after" norm. Expand
  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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