We're No Angels (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes

We're No Angels (1989)




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In this comedy, escaped prisoners Ned (Robert DeNiro) and Jim (Sean Penn) take refuge in a monastery where they pose as priests to avoid capture. Intending to flee across the Canadian border, the two convicts run into all kinds of unexpected trouble in their new-found priesthood.more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ranald MacDougall, Albert Husson, Sam Spewack, Bella Spewack, David Mamet
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 17, 2004
Paramount Home Video


Hoyt Axton
as Father Levesque
Wallace Shawn
as Translator
Jay Brazeau
as Sheriff
John C. Reilly
as Young Monk
John Reilly
as Young Monk
Ken Buhay
as Bishop Nogulich
Frank C. Turner
as Shopkeeper
Sheelah Megill
as Townswoman
Lloyd Berry
as Passersby
Richard Newman
as Passersby
Frank Totino
as Bystander
Karen Austin
as Bystander
Garwin Sanford
as Prison Priest
Matthew Walker
as Blacksmith
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Critic Reviews for We're No Angels

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 11, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Weak '80s fish-out-of water tale has violence, profanity.

Full Review… | April 1, 2015
Common Sense Media

This, one of the most disappointing films of the 1980s, was a dud upon its release and has not held up well at all.

Full Review… | August 23, 2004
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for We're No Angels

Expecting an out-and-out comedy(considering its plot), I was disappointed slightly, but still it was a fun watch with that feel good factor.

Sajin P A

Super Reviewer

"Father, Father I've been shot!
- I'm very happy for you."

When the director is Neil Jordan, the screenwriter David Mamet and the cast includes Robert De Niro and Sean Penn, you'd think that 'We're No Angels' should be something quite good. I recently saw this and I'm stunned. But not in a positive way.

Jim (Penn) and Ned (De Niro) are two convicts that escape with a murderer called Bobby (James Russo). They arrive to a town near the Canadian border, where they are mistaken for two priests that have been waited for at the local monastery. They continue to pose as priests while looking for a chance to sneak to Canada. Things just get a bit harder when Bobby, who's wounded, is captured by the police and recognizes Ned.

There's a lot of potential in 'We're No Angels' but things seem to go pretty wrong here. First of all, the acting is below any standards of mediocrity. Even my favourite actor from the 70's and 80's, Mr De Niro, seems annoying in every possible way. Sean Penn looks completely lost throughout the whole movie. Bruno Kirby reminded me once again why I dislike him. There is one (actually two) good performer in the movie and that is Demi Moore's breasts...

The story is totally pointless, there's like zero excitement and the character development is slim. Jim's character left me a bit confused. John C. Reilly acts as one of the monks and I'm not sure what they're relationship is. There are some homoerotic undertones between them but this monk is also a big fan of the priest, Father Brown, that Ned presents himself as. Father Brown, who is one of two priests that should have arrived to the monestery, has written a book and Reilly's character is a big fan of him. He has a copy of the book with his picture on the back cover. His picture! You'd think that he, or any of that matter, should recognize an imposter? I don't know what Jim wanted at the end. Did he find his true calling as a person of faith or did he just want to look at the monk's "sinful place"?

The acting is terrible, the story is weak with lots of holes in the plot and.. Well, what else do you need to say that a film is not just worth it? As a crime movie it doesn't work and as a comedy it falls flat. Skip it.

Jani H

Super Reviewer


Sean Penn and Robert De Niro are a bunch of smelly escaped criminals from a cruel prison environment. They take refuge at a church and pull the wool over townspeoples' eyes while evading justice. They prove their worth by saving some lives. Not too funny or enjoyable.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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