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As a stand-alone vehicle, the sensual and atmospheric Innocence is interesting enough to hold your attention to the end credits. But when you consider the source material, the film's flaws become too great to ignore.
While it misses the mark most of the time, director Hilary Brougher's film has a promising story, an impressive cast, and occasional moments of grace.
Hilary Brougher's YA-ish horror satire/romance/whatzit Innocence, adapted from Jane Mendelsohn's novel, boasts a wicked setup, some strong performances, several gloriously bloody spook-out images, and a movie-wrecking hypoglycemic listlessness.
Innocence is a misguided little horror film, reminiscent of one of those cheesy '70s made-for-TV movies that kind of, sort of seem scary when you're 9 but are just dopey at any other age.
Sadly, the movie is weakly paced and sinister only when Pamela coos oh-so-sympathetically in people's ears.
A stylish, moody and atmospheric tale contorted into a young adult horror story, it never works up a decent fright.
It's a lazy piece of work, even by the low standards of Hollywood horror movies.
The prevailing tone throughout Innocence is as somber as the onset-of-twilight blues and grays that dominate the movie's color palette. All that seriousness ultimately doesn't blend well with a narrative that marinates in the preposterous.
The New York Times
Hilary Brougher's Innocence (based on Jane Mendelsohn's 2000 novel) moves to the formulaic beats of the second-rate TV movie, albeit one cloaked in an ultra-glossy sheen.
It's an idea that could make for decent genre viewing, if only its cast had some range, and its indie reach didn't exceed its mainstream-polished grasp.
A movie of such snowballing stupidity that it's a wonder the actors could keep straight faces while shooting it (outtakes, please!).
The film's uneasy mixture of melodramatic and supernatural elements quickly devolves into a frequently risible genre mashup.
Innocence certainly has all the right genre conventions to toy with, but the haphazard script by Brougher and Tristine Skyler is a bloody mess.

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