The Age of Adaline

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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
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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: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  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. Jun 4, 2015
    10
    Go watch it for the lovely Lively. A heartwarming performance. The beauty of this movie is that it is a complete package. A picture reelGo watch it for the lovely Lively. A heartwarming performance. The beauty of this movie is that it is a complete package. A picture reel containing, grace, drama, suspense, and romance. Expand
  3. Jun 11, 2015
    8
    I liked this movie it was a good representation of a fictional story that was well acted and a interesting story. Not one that I would go seeI liked this movie it was a good representation of a fictional story that was well acted and a interesting story. Not one that I would go see twice in the theater but certainly good entertainment and that is what I go the the movies for... Expand
  4. 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
  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. Jun 21, 2015
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The casting was not the problem, on the contrary, Blake Lively was quite believable as someone who is 107 years old. The ending was what ruined, which was extremely unbelievable and the fact that out of the whole plot they could only come up with a weird love triangle and a "love conquers all" type of scenario. Am I the only one who is weird-ed out by the fact that the father is still in love with Adaline, so is the son....she basically had intimate relations with both but....decides to remain with the son?
    How do you go about family dinners, eh?
    The second half of the movie didn't deserve that treatment,....if treated right, it could have made it a good movie instead of a mediocre one.
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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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