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The Age of Innocence

Drama . Romance

Tale of 19th century New York high society in which a young lawyer falls in love with a woman separated from her husband, while he is engaged to the woman's cousin.

Actors: Daniel Day-Lewis , Michelle Pfeiffer , Winona Ryder , Alexis Smith , Geraldine Chaplin , Jonathan Pryce , Linda Faye Farkas , Michael Rees Davis , Terry Cook , Jon Garrison
Directors: Martin Scorsese
Country: USA
Release: 1993-10-01
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  • Roger Ebert

    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.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    A sumptuous motion picture, a feast for the senses.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    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.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    Instead of "Masterpiece Theatre"-style fawning, [Scorsese] fills this movie with visual flow, masterful cinematography and assured direction. There's an alert, thinking presence behind the camera.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Day-Lewis is smashing as the man caught between his emotions and the social ethic. Not since Olivier in "Wuthering Heights" has an actor matched piercing intelligence with such imposing good looks and physical grace.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Up through its first half, The Age of Innocence is a masterfully orchestrated tale of romantic yearning.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Staff (Non Credited)

    Its loving exploration of the arcane workings of a closed society, that of wealthy, well-bred New Yorkers of the 1870s, has more in common than one might expect with Scorsese's earlier work, from "Mean Streets" through "Goodfellas."

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Rita Kempley

    Though lovely to behold, this film isn't meant to send you home with a song in your heart.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    Less fruitful is the casting of Michelle Pfeiffer as May's older cousin, the mysterious Countess Olenska, with whom Archer falls hopelessly in love. With her silly blond curls, Pfeiffer looks more plaintive than the dark exotic of Wharton's imagination.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Scorsese has met most of the challenges inherent in tackling such a formidable period piece, but the material remains cloaked by the very propriety, stiff manners and emotional starchiness the picture delineates in such copious detail.

    Variety Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    A bore... The film leaves you with the feeling, once again, of having enjoyed a lovely meal fit for royalty only to discover, too late, that the fruit was made of wax and the roast was little more than a Styrofoam mock-up.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    As beautifully mounted as this production is, Scorsese has a way of letting the decor take over, so that Wharton's tale of societal constraints comes through only in fits and starts. But it's a noble failure.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Peter Stack

    Best “performances,'' however, are given by the movie's almost agonizingly beautiful historical settings -- luxurious households, rich architecture, furnishings, ornaments, draperies, fineries and such are often more captivating than the hushed tones of the lovers. [17 Sept 1993, Daily Notebook, p.C1]

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
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