100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A great, velvety, beautiful anachronism. It's a movie almost drunk on romance, literature and cinema, a splendid period picture that keeps rashly breaking rules and boundaries [17 Sept 1993, Friday, p.A]
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100

Wall Street Journal

By Julie Salamon
A magnificent movie. [19 Oct 1993, p.A18(E)]
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100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By 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.
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Thoughtful and reflective, it stands with the most exquisitely crafted films in recent memory, joining eloquently conceived images to an uncommonly literate screenplay. [17 Sept 1993, Arts, p.11]
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By 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]
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100

USA Today

By Mike Clark
After watching Pfeiffer and Day-Lewis submerge molten 19th-century sparks here, it is now conceivable that Scorsese could make compelling cinema out of “Three Blind Mice.” [17 Sept 1993, Life, p.1D]
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100

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
A sumptuous motion picture, a feast for the senses.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By 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.
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88

Rolling Stone

By 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.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Up through its first half, The Age of Innocence is a masterfully orchestrated tale of romantic yearning.
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83 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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