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Idiots and Angels

Idiots and Angels (2008)

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100

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 0

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Average Rating: 3.7/5
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Animator Bill Plympton offers a moral fable with his own surreal touch in this dark comedy. Tough guy Angel wakes up one morning to discover his body has begun to match his name -- a pair of wings has sprouted from his back. Angel doesn't care to have wings and is annoyed by the ridicule they inspire among his drinking buddies, so he cuts them off, only to find they quickly grow back. Even worse, Angel learns the wings have their own moral compass, and while he's a bitter and self-centered man,

Unrated,

Drama, Animation, Comedy

Jun 27, 2011

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The dystopia conjured by Idiots and Angels, Mr. Plympton's sixth and best animated feature, suggests Toulouse-Lautrec by way of Charles Bukowski.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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In some respects, Idiots and Angels shows legendary independent animator Bill Plympton at the top of his game.

October 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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A dystopian commentary on humankind.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Even without a word of dialogue, Plympton's dark fable about the almost unnatural redemption of a lost soul content in its damnation is easily understood, and neatly told.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Good battles evil as a gun-running, booze-swilling, cigarette-puffing badass is dragged, kicking and screaming, toward salvation in Bill Plympton's slyly sardonic black comedy, his best animated feature to date.

May 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Beautifully creepy... Less concerned with gags than nimble storytelling and wide-screen aesthetics (every brooding corner of the frame is blotted in monochromatic noir hues), Plympton mines elegance from the utterly gonzo.

May 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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...the punk rock of animated features: handmade, profane, challenging to the status quo, and occasionally ugly, yet groundbreaking.

December 19, 2010 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

A delightful yarn revolving around an age-old showdown between good and evil.

October 11, 2010 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

Now in his early sixties, Plympton has made his most accomplished feature...his characters resemble images in motion rather than full-on animations, as if a Looney Tunes cartoon made love to a Ralph Steadman sketch.

October 6, 2010 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
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Seldom has a black heart been served up so vividly.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

You're not going to come out of the movie a [Plympton] fan if you don't go in as one.

October 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

I like to think Plympton would take it as a compliment if I said he sees human beings as little more than a debased sum of bodily functions.

June 25, 2008 Full Review Source: UGO

Although this is, in part, a darkly comic exploration of man's inhumanity to man, there is a current of optimism, flowing like the artwork, beneath the story.

May 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
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Audience Reviews for Idiots and Angels

A loathsome man who spends his days in a bar and enjoys squashing butterflies grows a pair of wings on his back that have a mind of their own. It features great non-verbal, animated storytelling and inventive animation in that mildly surreal Bill Plympton style, a hip soundtrack by Pink Martini and Tom Waits, and comedy that's wicked and dark without surrendering to nihilism. An under-the-radar winner.
November 17, 2011
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Another decent surreal animation by Bill Plympton. Remarkably done without any dialogue.
May 10, 2010
KLFilmmaker

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Another excellent offering from the great Bill Plympton. This one is more serious than the other films I've seen from him (some might call it pretentious), but just as good. Not a word is spoken throughout the film, yet it states pretty clearly, something people seem to often forget; happiness is fairly easily achieved if you let yourself achieve it.
A very good film.
October 19, 2008
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