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Angels Crest Reviews

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 2, 2012
This tragic story about the accidental death of a child raises a lot of issues about parenting, responsibility, guilt, blame and remorse. These issues have broader implications for society as a whole, far beyond this specific example.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 24, 2011
The main story remains intriguing even if it never becomes profound.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
July 4, 2011
Angels Crest has a number of peripheral problems, mostly to do with the sheer number of under-developed characters and subplots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
May 6, 2011
The movie's real strength is Gaby Dellal's careful, subtle direction. She avoids the pitfalls of melodrama and histrionics that often plague movies about loss, keeping her actors' emotions grounded in recognizable truth.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Brandon Judell
GreenCine
April 28, 2011
We watch as this open wound of a father slowly fragments. Thanks to Dekker's brave, nuanced performance, this vision is simultaneously thrilling and harrowing.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 13, 2012
A garbled melodrama striving to be tragic drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
January 13, 2012
A not very subtle and generally unpersuasive stab at tapestral grief-as-elegy.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
January 13, 2012
Catherine Trieschmann's script, based on the novel by Leslie Schwartz, barely scratches the potentially loaded surfaces it serves up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies
January 13, 2012
Nothing sticks for long in this strangely muted, depressing drama that blows from one scene to the next without any particular rhythm like one of the pretty snow drifts in the film.
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
January 7, 2012
Hopelessly bleak tragedy, as trumatic guilt gnaws on everyone's sensibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
December 30, 2011
Frosty and oddly cast
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
December 30, 2011
While there is a great deal of weeping and wailing going on in the town of Angels Crest, little of it is connected to a comprehensible or cohesive plot.
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
December 30, 2011
Dellal gets respectable performances all around ... but they can't elevate "Angels Crest" ... beyond its one obvious and depressing note ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 29, 2011
Despite several solid performances, the characters are too hazily sketched and too loosely linked to form a meaningful chain.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
December 29, 2011
A high-school production of a second-rate Greek tragedian.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 29, 2011
There's actually less here than meets the eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Norm Schrager
Filmcritic.com
December 29, 2011
a bare-bones affair for the cast and the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
December 29, 2011
It relies too much on two particularly played-out indie clichés: a spare, plunky soundtrack, and a narrative structure that teases out characters' backstory far longer than necessary.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
December 27, 2011
Parental sorrow is a fine big theme; all that's missing here is the detail-work to humanize it.
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
December 27, 2011
Angels Crest opens with the laughter of children at play, but that's the only hint of happiness you'll find in this unflinchingly manipulative and pointless morality play.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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