A Rumor of Angels Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 27, 2011
A soft, overly familiar coming of age tale, though in small, eccentric role Vanessa Redgrave is good.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Shirley Sealy
Film Journal International
February 26, 2002
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.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 15, 2002
This cloying, voices-from-the-other-side story is hell.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Wendy Lee
Village Voice
February 5, 2002
The film's darker moments become smoothed over by an overwhelming need to tender inspirational tidings, especially in the last few cloying moments.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 4, 2002
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.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
February 3, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
February 1, 2002
Long on twinkly-eyed close-ups and short on shame.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily
February 1, 2002
The actors are fantastic. They are what makes it worth the trip to the theatre.
Bob Aulert
culturevulture.net
February 1, 2002
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.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 1, 2002
A spiritual exploration of sorts, offering a message of hope that resonates.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
February 1, 2002
The screenplay by James Eric, James Horton and director Peter O'Fallon ... is so pat it makes your teeth hurt.
| Original Score: 2/4
Michael Phillips
Citysearch
February 1, 2002
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.
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John Moore
Denver Post
February 1, 2002
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.
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
February 1, 2002
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.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 1, 2002
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.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
February 1, 2002
Rumor, a muddled drama about coming to terms with death, feels impersonal, almost generic.

E! Online
February 1, 2002
All the heart tugging in this world (and beyond) fails to generate anything worth believing here.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 31, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 31, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 31, 2002
Its gentle, touching story creeps into your heart.
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