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Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    A beautifully done adaptation of the novel, polished, elegant and completely cinematic. It is also a bit distant, a film that doesn't wear its feelings on its sleeve, but given the effects it's after, that would be counterproductive. [17 Sept 1993, Calendar, p.F-1]
  2. It comes eerily close to duplicating the experience of reading while, at the same time, remaining very much a motion picture. That's a rare, perhaps even unprecedented, achievement.
  3. 100
    I have seen love scenes in which naked bodies thrash in sweaty passion, but I have rarely seen them more passionate than in this movie, where everyone is wrapped in layers of Victorian repression.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    A gravely beautiful fairy tale of longing and loss. [20 Sept 1993, p.82]
  5. Up through its first half, The Age of Innocence is a masterfully orchestrated tale of romantic yearning.
  6. Ms. Pfeifer is lovely, the visual focal point of the film, but also much more. With her soft voice, her reserve and her quickness of mind, her Ellen has emotional weight. She's the film's heart and conscience. [17 Sept 1993, p.C1]
  7. What helps Pfeiffer most is the fact that though she is exceptionally pretty, she patently doesn't rely on her prettiness: she wants to act. But, with her Ellen, though we know what she means from moment to moment, we simply don't feel it... Winona Ryder is disastrously miscast. [18 Oct 1993, p.30]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. GiuseppeB
    Oct 10, 2006
    10
    Michelle Pfeiffer had to win the Oscar.
  2. HTI.
    Feb 1, 2006
    10
    This is one of the most heart-wrenching movies I have experienced.
  3. JoshC.
    Nov 19, 2006
    2
    A bore from begining to end. This is white elephant art at its worst.

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