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Angels Sing (2013)

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Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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Harry Connick, Jr. stars as Michael Walker, who, as a child, wished every day was Christmas. That is, until a tragic accident crushed his holiday spirit. Thirty years later, Michael still can't muster any joy for Christmas, despite encouragement from his playful wife (Connie Britton) and well intentioned parents (Kris Kristofferson and Fionnula Flanagan). But when his young son (Chandler Canterbury) faces a tragedy, Michael needs to make amends with his past. A mysterious man named Nick (Willie

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (10)

Unfortunately, the juxtaposition of such country-music icons with the story's cringe-worthy treacle has one siding with Michael's bah-humbug attitude.

January 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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"Angels Sing" is a music video disguised as a holiday movie, populated by musicians disguised as actors.

November 28, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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There's a lot of onscreen music-making, some of it amazing, the rest Santa-related.

November 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Despite the story's tenuous rigging and too-obvious sentimentalism, the actors give it grounding and warm appeal -- and really, who couldn't fall for the rictus-grinned Lovett playing the wacky Christmas-crazy neighbor?

November 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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"Angels Sing" is a shameless holiday movie, one that will stop at nothing - even killing off characters - to try to wring one last bit of emotion out of the audience.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Demonstrating that heavy marijuana use really does impair judgment, Willie Nelson appears in the film.

December 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

There are enough tunes and sweet moments to make Angels Sing the kind of Christmas movie I can see coming back to in Decembers to come.

November 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Linoleum Knife
Linoleum Knife

This sugarcoated Christmas tale is reminiscent of an old Roy Rogers movie, a musical Western with a moral message.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

There's a sweet message about family and forgiveness at the heart of Angels Sing, but the tune is a bit stale.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman
Austin American-Statesman

Angels Sing is a heartfelt but less-than-polished piece of work that isn't for everyone...But graded on a Christmas-movie curve, it actually isn't bad.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

A musically gifted cast, a couple of cute conceits and decent scenes, but dreadfully obvious and thin.

October 27, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Not sure how it made it off the Hallmark Channel to the big screen.

March 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Flixist.com
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Audience Reviews for Angels Sing

I don't know what was I thinking choosing this Christmas family drama, because this adaptation of Turk Pipkin's 1999 novel When Angels Sing, was a real suffering! Directed by Tim McCanlies, and starring Harry Connick, Jr., Connie Britton, Chandler Canterbury, Fionnula Flanagan, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, this film had such substandard acting, that I wanted to stop watching it few times during the hour and a half... I didn't do that because at the end I wanted to write an honest review and warn people who love quality.

The story of the history professor Michael (who as a child loved Christmas, but after a tragic accident, his holiday spirit was crushed) was simplistic and very thin. As a grown up, he still can't find the joy of Christmas. Only as his son faces a tragedy, he needs to find his holiday spirit again. He gets a push in the "right" direction when he meets a man named Nick (Willie Nelson), who gives him a gift that helps him find the joy of Christmas again.

There was some good music here, maybe the message wasn't too bad, but the rest was insignificant and forgettable. Impotent is the word which comes to my mind after watching it! And no pills would help.
December 10, 2013
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