The Age of Innocence
The Age of Innocence (1993)

Though overswamped with authentic period decor (and dishware) in too many scenes, Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence is an adroit, easy-to-follow adaptation of Edith Wharton's 1920 novel. Set in the upper circles of New York… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 1, 1993
DVD Release Date: November 6, 2001
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

I don't know any of those [prior] versions, and I wonder how (which means I doubt that) they avoided the snare that Wharton unwittingly set for her adapters, the snare that, for all his gifts, caught Scorsese.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Spurning Masterpiece Theatre twittiness, Scorsese cuts to the primal passions of Wharton's tale.

Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

Day-Lewis and Pfeifer are on top form with Ryder giving the performance of her career.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Manages to be both personal and true to its source, though it never quite comes together.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Mr. Scorsese has made a big, intelligent movie that functions as if it were a window on a world he had just discovered, and about which he can't wait to spread the news.

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Gorgeously shot, deceptively genteel period drama. Day-Lewis, Ryder and in particular Pfieffer give performances as polished as the silver and the result is slow, subtle but irresistibly powerful.

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Todd McCarthy

An extraordinarily sumptuous piece of filmmaking.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Scorsese's most poignantly moving film.

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Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

It also shows that while tradition can devolve into a conformity that stifles compassion and love, acting in mere self-interest can ultimately be just as destructive.

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Dan Schultz
A well-acted, if occasionally boring and long-winded study of 19th century New York and how a young upper-class man (Daniel Day-Lewis) slowly begins to detach… More
Chris Weber
I'm normally not into these types of movies, and I'll admit that the main reason I saw this was because it was directed by Scorsese. After watching… More
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castaeda
Of course, this film doesn't allow for the usual Scorsese violence, but coming from him, I expected something a little more...intense. The look of this… More
Conner Rainwater
While it was a great attempt from a talented cast and director, the story was just not sufficient enough to bring together a worthwhile film. It is extremely… More
Alice Shen
I'm okay with the movie because I liked the book. The direction is a bit odd. It seems like Marty Scorsese toned down his usual flashy cool to fit a… More
Candy Rose
Excellent period drama set in high society New York. Newland (Daniel) is a well-educated and wealthy lawyer who is engaged to May (Winona), but falls… More