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Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel) Reviews

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
September 18, 2002
Static and dated, its only redemption is Dietrich.
| Original Score: 2/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
September 4, 2002
Though the film is hopelessly dated by today's standards, it does contain two powerful performances.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 23, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 8, 2001
Intriguing for its glimpses of backstage life in shabby German postwar vaudeville, and for Dietrich's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
July 26, 2015
The walrus and the mink, a Germanic love story
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
January 23, 2014
Dietrich's clinical detachment only enhances the fetishistic quality of the scene. There is never a doubt about who's in charge.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 28, 2001
She smolders, she smirks, she fails to be amused, she dominates, she destroys.
Cole Smithey
April 12, 2009
One of the first films to usher in sound in cinema, "The Blue Angel" remains an outstanding cinematic achievement that has influenced untold numbers of artists in all avenues of performance and exhibition.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 5, 2001
I still think it's a lesser Sternberg/Deitrich picture, but I can now recommend it unequivocally.
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Variety Staff
June 2, 2008
On top of the drawing power of Jannings comes the discovery of a new magnet, Marlene Dietrich.
Christopher Null
January 18, 2005
Exceptionally high drama for its day, this tragic, tragic tale can tend to drag, but it's one of the best examples of well-realized filmmaking from the first half of the 20th century.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 20, 2002
Besides discovering Dietrich, von Sternberg created one of the few early sound films to retain the bravura cinema of the late silent era.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/4
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
It's a brilliant, vitriolic condemnation of pre-WWII German Conservatism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 14, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 12, 2007
A landmark early talkie that's marvelously outdated.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Sean Axmaker
June 16, 2016
American director Josef von Sternberg went to Germany to direct Emil Jannings in his transition from silent to sound cinema and returned to Hollywood with an international hit and a new star: Marlene Dietrich.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 20, 2002
You can't hear 'Falling In Love Again' too many times.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
August 30, 2004
A classic of the German cinema. Jannings is tragic, Dietrich is devastating.
| Original Score: 5/5
Derek Smith
Apollo Guide
February 28, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
December 16, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
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