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Angels Crest (2011)

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10

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 9

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36

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Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 665

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In the working-class Rocky Mountain town of Angels Crest, young father Ethan (Thomas Dekker) is doing his best to raise his three-year-old son Nate. He has no choice-Nate's mother (Lynn Collins) is an alcoholic. But one snowy day Ethan's momentary lapse in judgment results in tragedy, catapulting the town's tight-knit community into strange new directions as they try to decide where the blame lies. -- (C) Magnolia

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Drama

Catherine Trieschmann

Apr 3, 2012

$407

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A garbled melodrama striving to be tragic drama.

January 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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Catherine Trieschmann's script, based on the novel by Leslie Schwartz, barely scratches the potentially loaded surfaces it serves up.

January 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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While there is a great deal of weeping and wailing going on in the town of Angels Crest, little of it is connected to a comprehensible or cohesive plot.

December 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Dellal gets respectable performances all around ... but they can't elevate "Angels Crest" ... beyond its one obvious and depressing note ...

December 30, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Despite several solid performances, the characters are too hazily sketched and too loosely linked to form a meaningful chain.

December 29, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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There's actually less here than meets the eye.

December 29, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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This tragic story about the accidental death of a child raises a lot of issues about parenting, responsibility, guilt, blame and remorse. These issues have broader implications for society as a whole, far beyond this specific example.

February 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

A not very subtle and generally unpersuasive stab at tapestral grief-as-elegy.

January 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
Shockya.com

Nothing sticks for long in this strangely muted, depressing drama that blows from one scene to the next without any particular rhythm like one of the pretty snow drifts in the film.

January 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Knight at the Movies
Knight at the Movies

Hopelessly bleak tragedy, as trumatic guilt gnaws on everyone's sensibilities.

January 7, 2012 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

Frosty and oddly cast

December 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

A high-school production of a second-rate Greek tragedian.

December 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

a bare-bones affair for the cast and the audience.

December 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

It relies too much on two particularly played-out indie clichés: a spare, plunky soundtrack, and a narrative structure that teases out characters' backstory far longer than necessary.

December 29, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Angels Crest opens with the laughter of children at play, but that's the only hint of happiness you'll find in this unflinchingly manipulative and pointless morality play.

December 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The main story remains intriguing even if it never becomes profound.

November 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Angels Crest has a number of peripheral problems, mostly to do with the sheer number of under-developed characters and subplots.

July 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for Angels Crest

I sometimes feel like I am watching different movies than other people are watching..especially the Independent Film underdogs. This was very well done, moving, and will stick with me for quite awhile. These are the kinds of things that I look for in a film. As a parent, I can absolutely see all that came about in this film happening. I can see trying to make sense of the death...trying to desperately find some way for it not to be my error. I can see not being able to live with myself when I finally came to terms with what happened. I thought Thomas Dekker (the dad) did an outstanding job, and I really felt his pain. Good, memorable movie, in my opinion.
October 16, 2012
itsjustme2004

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"Angels Crest" starts on a snowy morning with Ethan(Thomas Dekker) driving his three year old son Nate(Ameko Eks Mass Carroll) to the countryside. While Nate sleeps in the back seat, his father takes the opportunity to go look for some deer. When he returns, Ethan is gone. As the search intensifies, it is up to Angie(Mira Sorvino) to notify Cindy(Lynn Collins), the boy's mother. Even with all the local help and Ethan not stopping at nightfall, they do not find his son's body until the following morning. To make matters worse, the district attorney(Jeremy Piven) is planning on filing charges against him.

"Angels Crest" has a decent enough idea in trying to explore a small town's reaction to an unspeakable tragedy. But it lacks important ingredients like a direction or a cohesive story, as its soap opera like structure resembles a circle, with characters coming and going as they please. Things improve slightly as the movie almost develops a mordant sense of humor which is necessary for another movie that suggests if you turn your head for one second, your child will end up getting eaten by wolves, even if you live in New York City. Well, at least the scenery is nice.
July 19, 2013
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Walter M.

Super Reviewer

At its' heart, Angels Crest is an intriguing and heartfelt drama about dealing with a tragic loss in a small town. The acting is fairly strong, with most of the actors avoiding over-the-top melodrama for something that feels more real. What lets the film down, however, is the script, full of an abundance of underdeveloped characters and ambiguous character arcs. This leads the film dangerously close to "misery porn", as it isn't especially profound or insightful. The premise and execution are good enough to make it watchable, but it never comes to a level of a truly good drama.
December 29, 2011
Jeffrey Meyers

Super Reviewer

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