Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel) Reviews

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Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 20, 2002
Besides discovering Dietrich, von Sternberg created one of the few early sound films to retain the bravura cinema of the late silent era.
| Original Score: 4/4
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
March 5, 2002
It's a brilliant, vitriolic condemnation of pre-WWII German Conservatism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Les Wright
culturevulture.net
December 31, 2001
A seminal film... a cinéaste's delight. For all time.
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
December 6, 2001
Dietrich brought to her role a haunting combination of freshness and world-weariness.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 5, 2001
I still think it's a lesser Sternberg/Deitrich picture, but I can now recommend it unequivocally.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 8, 2001
Intriguing for its glimpses of backstage life in shabby German postwar vaudeville, and for Dietrich's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 28, 2001
She smolders, she smirks, she fails to be amused, she dominates, she destroys.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
July 31, 2001
Most impressive is Sternberg's gift of concision and elaboration. Glide and dwell, glide and dwell. He knows when to compress, when to intensify.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 1, 2000
An unqualified masterpiece and milestone.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 14, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
December 16, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Derek Smith
Apollo Guide
February 28, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
May 27, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 23, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
David Poland
Hot Button
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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Variety
February 23, 2012
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Time Out
September 23, 2006

culturevulture.net
September 23, 2006
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