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Angel-A (2005)



Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 89
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 50

The clunky dialogue and shallow characters fail to capitalize upon Angel-A's stunning, poetic cinematography.


Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 24

The clunky dialogue and shallow characters fail to capitalize upon Angel-A's stunning, poetic cinematography.



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A moralistic tale about a man, Andre, who gets a second chance in life when he meets Angela, a tall, femme fatale whom he saves from a suicide bid in the Seine River. The two spend a memorable summer night in nearly deserted Paris where Angela exposes herself as a true angel, sent down to save Andre from himself.

Nov 20, 2007


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... a visually sumptuous, dramatically inert fable ...

July 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Familiar situations and trite dialogue give this movie the feel of something freeze-dried and reconstituted.

July 15, 2007 Full Review Source:
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Besson's black-and-white angel fantasy is a weak homage to Wings of Desire, if that's what he was shooting for.

July 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Luc Besson returns to his roots in this delightful, funny and stylish fantasy. Shot in gloriously crisp black and white, it's also a bit of a throwback to the French New Wave for its technique and dazzling location vignettes across Paris.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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You desperately want the story, and the characters, to make some kind of emotional sense. This, however, does not happen.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Counterfeit art-house chic writ large -- a French film that fails to produce the ineffable charms of the yesteryear movies it brazenly imitates.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Besson is clearly aiming for something like a fairy tale, but a work this forced and self-absorbed can only end up feeling terribly earthbound.

September 12, 2010 Full Review Source: The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

A better grubby guy/hot chick fable than Knocked Up, certainly much more honest about its male-fantasy status

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Ultimately Angel-A never takes flight, weighted down by an overabundance of metaphysical clichés stolen from other films.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source:

The film settles into a laid-back groove that is, how shall we say, endlessly boring.

September 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Angela's Oprah-ish effort to change Andre's lying ways becomes a tedious mix of self-help and pop-philosophizing . . . the film's black-and-white look is two shades more complex than its gender politics.

September 11, 2007
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Besson gives the movie a warmth and charm all its own...

August 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The film is slickly constructed with a hip soundtrack and art direction, but its empty, a glowing travelogue for a beautiful city and two maudlin characters that are predictable and two dimensional. I love Paris too but would rather see its reality ....

July 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Magazine International
Movie Magazine International

A gorgeous-looking film whose crisp, black-and-white photography is unfortunately much more thrilling than its simplistic, cloying story.

July 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

An ultimately dull nonaffair.

July 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

It's compelling largely due to its appealing cast.

July 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

It's too bad it took so long for the film to get here, because it's not only the best part, it's also the very end.

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source:

It's a wisp of a film, recommendable for a lark, but not nearly as ambitious or entertaining as you'd expect from Besson.

July 8, 2007 Full Review Source:

Angel-A is a not very persuasive argument on behalf of heavenly intercession, but its co-star, Rie Rasmussen, will make you believe in intelligent design.

July 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Besson... cribs heavily from Wings of Desire and Heaven Can Wait. If he had thought of it, he would have dressed someone in an Anaheim Angels jersey to elbow your ribs that much further.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

It's not flashy or bold, and it might not do much for cinephiles who prefer inveterate risk-taking, but it is enjoyable as a largely sentiment-free meditation on friendship and personal growth.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Oregonian

...the characters here are so unlikable that it's hard to care what happens to them.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

What's at once refreshing and disorienting about the way Luc Besson -- one of the most interesting international visionaries at work today -- handles the story is his attempt to de-romanticize one of the most idealistic and sublime formulas around.

June 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies
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Audience Reviews for Angel-A

Not all Luc Besson's movies like me. But this one is great. I laugh like crazy. It's a comedy/drama very good told. it should be remembered as a classic even whe the critics think is so bad. Or may be that I just like corny and funny movies with good FX. Who knows!
March 4, 2012
Sergio Garcia

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Weclome return for luc besson being you here a small and nicely crafed movie with to fine performances keeping the story moving.Shoot in Black and white and in paris this as a lot of chram there is'nt much going on but its the two leads that keeps the film alive and very watchable.Recommand to all luc besson fan .
February 27, 2010

Super Reviewer

I liked it, good film. Reminded me of my times in Paris, and how such a romantic city it is. C'est La Vie. B&W, English subtitiles.
December 2, 2009

Super Reviewer

A welcome return from Luc Besson the director. A well acted and beautifully filmed love story, although the story was slightly predictable and slightly flawed it really is a fantastic contemporary version of a classic story. More please Mr Besson!
September 14, 2009

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    1. André: She was good enough never to judge me. To love me for what I am. Even if its not much.
    – Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
    1. Angela: It's hard to love yourself when nobody reflects that .
    – Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
    1. Angela: I can't access my past. It's top secret.
    2. Fanck: That sucks.
    – Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
    1. André: A chain smoking angel?
    – Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
    1. André: Lock me away until I think this through.
    2. Policeman: Is this Candid Camera?
    – Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
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