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A soft, overly familiar coming of age tale, though in small, eccentric role Vanessa Redgrave is good.
| Original Score: C
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.
This cloying, voices-from-the-other-side story is hell.
| Original Score: D
The film's darker moments become smoothed over by an overwhelming need to tender inspirational tidings, especially in the last few cloying moments.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Long on twinkly-eyed close-ups and short on shame.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The actors are fantastic. They are what makes it worth the trip to the theatre.
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.
A spiritual exploration of sorts, offering a message of hope that resonates.
The screenplay by James Eric, James Horton and director Peter O'Fallon ... is so pat it makes your teeth hurt.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rumor, a muddled drama about coming to terms with death, feels impersonal, almost generic.
All the heart tugging in this world (and beyond) fails to generate anything worth believing here.
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
As A Rumor of Angels reveals itself to be a sudsy tub of supernatural hokum, not even Ms. Redgrave's noblest efforts can redeem it from hopeless sentimentality.
Its gentle, touching story creeps into your heart.