Critics Consensus

An odd mix of period melo-drama and social satire, with lavish sets and costumes, but Angel never takes flight.



Total Count: 22


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A destitute but determined young woman living in turn-of-the-century England ascends the social ranks after authoring a series of successful romantic novels in French writer/director François Ozon's first English-language feature. Romola Garai takes on the title role in a French and Belgian co-production co-starring Sam Neill, Charlotte Rampling, and Michael Fassbender and financed by Fidélité Films, Canal+, Celluliod Dreams, France 2, and Pan-Européenne. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Angel

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (11)

  • François Ozon is a Gallic Michael Winterbottom, if not in style then at least in his determination to do something different every time. As with Winterbottom, sometimes the result is great and sometimes not.

    Aug 29, 2008 | Rating: 2/5
  • But this really is a failure - an honourable failure, arguably, but a failure, and a pretty complete one at that.

    Aug 29, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The film bristles with contemporary subtext and takes swipes at mediocre artists who believe their own press, and the culture of celebrity.

    Aug 29, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Ozon's film plays a difficult hand, never settling for all-out high kitsch or straight melodrama. One of the year's most charming failures.

    Aug 29, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The sumptuous visuals make it eminently watchable.

    Apr 8, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Ozon films this saga with a straight face, but the overripe dialogue, dodgy back-projection and unrestrained acting all signal that he is smirking behind his hand.

    Nov 19, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Angel

  • Nov 06, 2012
    The background outdoor scenery was a joke. I seriously couldn't get passed that. Oh, and the sappiness of it all, too. I turned this off after an hour...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 30, 2011
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    Sarah . Super Reviewer
  • May 05, 2010
    it gets two stars purely for sam neill who looks gorgeous as ever!! but this movie isnt for me!! the leading lady cant act for shit and gives the character such arragance and irritates me to the point that makes the movie so unbearable its truly annoyingly terrible!!!
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2008
    A friend recommended this Movie to me long time now. I was a little bit skeptical at first but gave it a try and I must say there were moments in the Movie I was confused but it is watchable. Based on the book by Elizabeth Taylor, "Angel", this is the story of a young woman with incredible imagination who refuses to accept the world around her, and creates her own realities.
    NaWie M Super Reviewer

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