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Cowboys & Angels (2003)



Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 4

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A young man who moves away from his hometown finds a variety of new ideas and dangerous temptations awaiting him in this comedy from first-time director David Gleeson. Shane (Michael Legge) is a man in his early twenties who leaves the small Irish town of his birth and gets a job in the comparatively big city of Limerick. However, he soon discovers that his new position bores him to distraction. Shane also has to get an apartment, and finds himself looking for flats with Vincent (Allen Leech), a

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It's a sweet but slight film whose undeniable appeal is largely due to the performances of its flat-out adorable leads.

December 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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A feel-good coming-of-age movie that floats on a boatload of Irish charm.

December 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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A likable if ordinary Irish indie that barely squeaks by on the charms of its leads.

December 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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Enlivens the classic premise of innocent-in- the-city by moving its archetypal characters in unexpected directions.

November 12, 2004 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Stack Cowboys against most of the fare American studios offer young adults and it's meatier by far.

November 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Manages to be enjoyable despite its contrivances.

September 29, 2004
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Keeps us involved even after the plot takes some badly contrived turns. Strong characters and performances make it almost watchable.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
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One of the sweetest Irish movies to come along since Waking Ned Devine

April 8, 2005 Full Review Source:

In 2004 there is no excuse for a gay-themed film to be a translucent closet with a cute, revolving door.

December 10, 2004 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

(an) often charming and more often familiar Irish coming-of-age tale.

December 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

All over the map, but since it's Irish, it still manages to be a little charming.

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Planet Sick-Boy
Planet Sick-Boy

There are no truly great lessons imparted in Cowboys and Angels, but its charm, sociability and highly watchable performances make it a smooth, friendly cinematic pint.

October 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

Gleeson has written and directed the picture with deep affection and impressively cinematic skill.

September 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Like the fresh-faced leads, the film is an unexpected charmer.

September 17, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Without anything unique to add to the dramatic landscape, Gleeson's film is a fleeting glimpse at a world we already is a film in search of a reason to exist.

September 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Mixed Reviews

Audience Reviews for Cowboys & Angels

Even though the characters are young and still discovering themselves, this movie is full of promise and a mature reminder that the only way out is through, and the only satisfaction is in being true to yourself. I loved the acting, the sincerity and believabiity of the relationship between a gay man and his straight roommate.
October 12, 2010

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A pretty standard film with its heart in the right place, Cowboys & Angels tells the story of two Irish flatmates - Shane, a straight 20 year-old who is unhappy with his career and his directionless life, and Vincent, a gay 23 year-old whose life is pretty much solid, pursuing his career ambitions in the fashion industry and exploring possible romances. The two were former pupils at the same school and end up sharing a flat through coincidence, and become friends. When Shane, trying to overcome his shyness, discovers a stash of drugs in the corridor of the building he shares with other people, it begins in motion an unlikely involvement in drug running; seemingly this is more interesting and certainly more financially rewarding than his dead-end career, but soon his life is spiralling out of control. Cowboys & Angels is really rather generic for its first hour, even with the introduction of the drugs storyline and an unrequited infatuation that Shane has for Gemma (who in a contrived coincidence turns out to be Vincent's best friend). The character of Vincent, the flamboyant gay guy with an interest in fashion and a bathroom cabinet crammed with hair-care product, is a walking stereotype, and most of the other characters are steeped in cliché. It doesn't help that Allen Leech, as Vincent, overplays everything whilst Michael Legge, as Shane, mumbles his way through most of his lines. At the one hour mark though, the stereotypes are reversed in a brilliant sequence which starts with a drugged up Shane in a club making a prat of himself and ends with him back in the apartment with the dealer he's doing the running for, whilst in another room Gemma tries to seduce Vincent. It's one of the few truly effective moments that actually make sitting through the film worthwhile, before it finishes predictably in sentimentality.
June 29, 2007

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