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The Strange Case Of Angelica Reviews

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Guest Haden
Film Comment Magazine
November 7, 2013
Oliveira's first use of 21st-century digital technology paradoxically marks a return to the origins of cinema with the special effects trembling with a handcrafted sincerity and shimmering sense of wonder
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 2, 2012
This whimsical, ethereal tale of love and death is as light as a feather, but charming in its own way.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 15, 2011
An old-fashioned 21st Century movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
December 5, 2011
Some dreamlike photography and a soothing musical score are pluses but slow, draggy telling is likely to frustrate the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 30, 2011
Stunningly magnificent spellbinding magical tale.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
May 15, 2011
The Strange Case of Angelica is indeed strange and unsettling. What it isn't is compelling or satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
May 13, 2011
An uneven but intriguing piece of whimsy that veers from powerfully symbolic cinematography into self parody.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 14, 2011
A quiet tale, told through a rarely moving camera and a playful, bewitching smile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
February 12, 2011
The narrative unreels with the simplicity of a silent movie; many scenes are shot from a single camera set-up with few cuts, the shadowy, stagy interiors backed by Chopin, as if it were a live piano accompaniment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 10, 2011
Nearly every shot in this new movie contains one glory or another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 31, 2011
...a whimsical fable, the meditation of a very old man looking to the past, looking towards death. It has the impact of a half smile.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 13, 2011
May be the most accessible of the ten Oliveira films I've seen so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
January 7, 2011
"The Strange Case of Angelica" tells its tale of love and death with a captivating mix of formality, ambiguity and offbeat humor. On the surface a simple fable, it's actually much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
January 6, 2011
Because of his age and experience, de Oliveira brings a wider perspective to everything he shoots; if he places his camera in the middle of a street, he tries to convey the way it was decades ago, not just how it is now.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
December 29, 2010
More mundane than magical, The Strange Case of Angelica is neither strange nor lively enough to lift anyone's spirits.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
December 29, 2010
de Oliveira's film is a musical of a sort, its quietude occasionally lifted by work songs or chorales.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 29, 2010
While it is evidently the work of an artist with great stores of wisdom and a long view of history, it also has a playful, wry quality that can only be described as youthful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jon Frosch
December 29, 2010
A distinctive, touchingly old-fashioned piece of work, and unmistakably one made by a director whose life has spanned eras.
Prairie Miller
December 24, 2010
The mystical when not earthy, Chaplinesque images are enchanting. In particular the artist's pursuit of his elusive muse, ecstatically locked in a wordless embrace with the beaming apparition as she takes him on a journey floating across the night sky.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
December 22, 2010
We think we're in for a weighty, Hitchcockian treatise on artistic obsession; Oliveira's intentions are a bit more impish, however, though no less profound.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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