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A Rumor of Angels (2000)



Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 6

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Twelve-year-old James (Trevor Morgan) is haunted by the car crash that claimed his mother's life two years earlier. Estranged from his father (Ray Liotta) and nurturing a deep hatred of his stepmother (Catherine McCormack), James is none too pleased about the prospect of spending his summer vacation at their Maine beach house. With no one his own age for company, he spends his time exploring the surrounding beaches. One day, while playing in the dunes, James accidentally breaks a fence belonging



Jamie Horton, Peter O'Fallon, James Eric

Jun 25, 2002


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This cloying, voices-from-the-other-side story is hell.

February 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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The film's darker moments become smoothed over by an overwhelming need to tender inspirational tidings, especially in the last few cloying moments.

February 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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There are times when A Rumor of Angels plays like an extended episode of Touched by an Angel -- a little too much dancing, a few too many weeping scenes -- but I liked its heart and its spirit.

February 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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A spiritual exploration of sorts, offering a message of hope that resonates.

February 1, 2002 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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The screenplay by James Eric, James Horton and director Peter O'Fallon ... is so pat it makes your teeth hurt.

February 1, 2002
New York Post
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Denver should not get the first and last look at one of the most triumphant performances of Vanessa Redgrave's career. It deserves to be seen everywhere.

February 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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A soft, overly familiar coming of age tale, though in small, eccentric role Vanessa Redgrave is good.

July 27, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

For those with an aversion to such sentimentality, especially when associated with the spirit world, Vanessa Redgrave is still reason enough to see A Rumor of Angels.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Given the fact that virtually no one is bound to show up at theatres for it, the project should have been made for the tube.

February 3, 2002 Full Review Source:

Long on twinkly-eyed close-ups and short on shame.

February 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

The actors are fantastic. They are what makes it worth the trip to the theatre.

February 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Fantastica Daily
Fantastica Daily

The actors don't inhabit their roles -- they're trapped by them, forced to change behavior in bizarre unjustified fashion and spout dialog that consists mostly of platitudes.

February 1, 2002 Full Review Source:

The problem with movies about angels is they have a tendency to slip into hokum. A Rumor of Angels doesn't just slip -- it avalanches into forced fuzziness.

February 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Citysearch

If there was any doubt that Peter O'Fallon didn't have an original bone in his body, A Rumor of Angels should dispel it.

February 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

That death is merely a transition is a common tenet in the world's religions. This deeply spiritual film taps into the meaning and consolation in afterlife communications.

February 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

All the heart tugging in this world (and beyond) fails to generate anything worth believing here.

February 1, 2002 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

What's most offensive isn't the waste of a good cast, but the film's denial of sincere grief and mourning in favor of bogus spiritualism.

January 31, 2002 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Its gentle, touching story creeps into your heart.

January 31, 2002 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for A Rumor of Angels

A very touching story. Top notch actors. Oh boy did I wanna cry at the end!
October 11, 2010

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Vanessa Redgrave is vivid and touching as always. She alone raises this out of the ordinary, the rest of the cast is okay if a bit ill defined and there is a considerable schmaltz factor but Vanessa overcomes all obstacles.
November 2, 2008
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