Angel Face Reviews

  • Sep 22, 2018

    A tad slow and a trifle long, but see it anyway. Robert Mitchum is an ambulance driver-turned-chauffeur for a wealthy young heiress with mommy and daddy issues (that is, she hates her mommy, who's really her stepmom, but loves her daddy--we think). Mitchum, sleepy-eyed and laconic as usual, is fine, and a very young Jean Simmons, lovely and fetching but simmering inside and very clearly, despite the title, no angel at all, matches him every step of the way. Noir-ish in its plot and tone more than in its look and imagery, this isn't Otto Preminger's finest foray into the genre, but it's no disaster, either. With Herbert Marshall as Simmons' sweet and kindhearted father, and Barbara O'Neil as the bane of her existence, her father's new wife, Catherine. And oh, that ending...even if you see it coming from the proverbial mile away, there's just one word for it--wow.

    A tad slow and a trifle long, but see it anyway. Robert Mitchum is an ambulance driver-turned-chauffeur for a wealthy young heiress with mommy and daddy issues (that is, she hates her mommy, who's really her stepmom, but loves her daddy--we think). Mitchum, sleepy-eyed and laconic as usual, is fine, and a very young Jean Simmons, lovely and fetching but simmering inside and very clearly, despite the title, no angel at all, matches him every step of the way. Noir-ish in its plot and tone more than in its look and imagery, this isn't Otto Preminger's finest foray into the genre, but it's no disaster, either. With Herbert Marshall as Simmons' sweet and kindhearted father, and Barbara O'Neil as the bane of her existence, her father's new wife, Catherine. And oh, that ending...even if you see it coming from the proverbial mile away, there's just one word for it--wow.

  • Jan 31, 2018

    Stay for the final scene - this Film Noir may just surprise you. Another Preminger classic.

    Stay for the final scene - this Film Noir may just surprise you. Another Preminger classic.

  • Jul 15, 2015

    A femme fatale woos a mechanic & plots her stepmother's demise. When her trap also kills her father, the two must marry to fool the jury. This taut noir is riddled with Freudian undertones with a completely surprising ending. Might I add, Jean Simmons is gorgeous!

    A femme fatale woos a mechanic & plots her stepmother's demise. When her trap also kills her father, the two must marry to fool the jury. This taut noir is riddled with Freudian undertones with a completely surprising ending. Might I add, Jean Simmons is gorgeous!

  • May 04, 2015

    Rather slow noir thriller from the great Otto Preminger. Jean Simmons is a bit wooden in the central role, but Robert Mitchum offers another masterclass in insouciant effortlessness.

    Rather slow noir thriller from the great Otto Preminger. Jean Simmons is a bit wooden in the central role, but Robert Mitchum offers another masterclass in insouciant effortlessness.

  • Dec 07, 2014

    Women pulling a man's strings to get him to do the undoable. 1001 movies to see before you die.

    Women pulling a man's strings to get him to do the undoable. 1001 movies to see before you die.

  • Jul 22, 2014

    A film noir with a relatively conventional murder plot, but it's augmented by Jean Simmons' fierce turn as a femme-fatale, and a delectably dark sense of humor (mainly from Robert Mitchum's laconic protagonist). Also of note: the film has a fairly predictable ending, that still manages to be very effective.

    A film noir with a relatively conventional murder plot, but it's augmented by Jean Simmons' fierce turn as a femme-fatale, and a delectably dark sense of humor (mainly from Robert Mitchum's laconic protagonist). Also of note: the film has a fairly predictable ending, that still manages to be very effective.

  • May 04, 2014

    This is a standard film noir, which has one or two memorable scenes involving cliffs and cars without giving too much of the game away. I felt a bit underwhelmed by it, probably because the best thrillers these days are so much more complex.

    This is a standard film noir, which has one or two memorable scenes involving cliffs and cars without giving too much of the game away. I felt a bit underwhelmed by it, probably because the best thrillers these days are so much more complex.

  • Jan 11, 2014

    What a subtle and yet outrageous movie, great plot and direction and acting--Fascinating Noir With A Disturbing, Alluring Simmons And A Laconic Mitchum!!

    What a subtle and yet outrageous movie, great plot and direction and acting--Fascinating Noir With A Disturbing, Alluring Simmons And A Laconic Mitchum!!

  • Dec 18, 2013

    Solid little noir from director Otto Preminger, involving Jean Simmons as the title angel face who is really an angel of death, luring married man Robert Mitchum into her plot to kill her step mother. Preminger has certainly done far better of noir with "Laura," but this one is still worth checking out for Preminger's stylish direction and for Simmons and Mitchum. The rather slow pace of the story is what kills this film, but it's still certainly worth watching for fans of Preminger, Mitchum or noir.

    Solid little noir from director Otto Preminger, involving Jean Simmons as the title angel face who is really an angel of death, luring married man Robert Mitchum into her plot to kill her step mother. Preminger has certainly done far better of noir with "Laura," but this one is still worth checking out for Preminger's stylish direction and for Simmons and Mitchum. The rather slow pace of the story is what kills this film, but it's still certainly worth watching for fans of Preminger, Mitchum or noir.

  • Dec 06, 2013

    one of the best classic movies i have seen. jean simmons is gorgeous and seductive and does a great job of keeping you guessing. This film is full of surprises that keeps your guessing until the shocking conclusion. Its rare to see a movie that really surprises you especially one that is 60 years old.

    one of the best classic movies i have seen. jean simmons is gorgeous and seductive and does a great job of keeping you guessing. This film is full of surprises that keeps your guessing until the shocking conclusion. Its rare to see a movie that really surprises you especially one that is 60 years old.