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City of Angels Reviews

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November 29, 2015
The multifaceted interest which the angels once showed in humanity is reduced to a fairly conventional, and thoroughly Hollywood, love story.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Glossy romance as an angel falls for a surgeon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 18, 2008
The movie's eerie, slightly menacing vision of black-clad angels lurking in the shadowy corners of unsuspecting lives is genuinely haunting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

September 18, 2008
A good deal better than it has any right to be.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
Strains to achieve the enchantingly sublime, but ends up sinking to the depressingly ridiculous.
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Emanuel Levy
June 1, 2006
As a remake it's not as poetic as Wenders' masterpiece Wings of Desire, but it's supremely mounted (by ace lenser John Seale) and contains touching performances from Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan deviating from their respective screen images.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Funnier than Wenders' version, and it also succeeds in visualising LA as a magical city while dealing intelligently with the themes of mortality, sacrifice, free will, and the mixed blessings of the human condition.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
An emotionally uninvolving flick that attempts to play on the heart strings of the viewer and fails in its effort.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 2, 2005
City of Angels is the sort of compromised movie that could have been almost good, but decided to be a great big hit instead.
| Original Score: C
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
City of Angels raises theological questions, albeit in a somewhat pedestrian manner, and makes them an integral part of its otherwise formulaic plot.
Dragan Antulov
June 2, 2004
Superb imagery can't compensate for deficiencies of Dana Steven's script and can't hide the formulaic nature of this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
October 6, 2003
This useless remake lacks the sheer ethereal beauty of the original Wings of Desire.
| Original Score: 2/5
Carlo Cavagna
August 11, 2003
Why would anyone remake Wim Wenders' masterpiece, Wings of Desire? Certainly not for artistic reasons.
| Original Score: C
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
A thinking person's film for those who can't think.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
A beautiful film in many ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Marries romance and faith in a love story as charming as a handmade valentine. It is so lovely to look at and so sincere in intent that its flaws don't matter much.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Walking out of the theater, I felt different. The film made me realize how wonderful life could be, how a thing as simple as wind on your face or the taste of a pear had value.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
My face had been locked in that goofy, awestruck expression you experience only in Spielberg movies. City of Angels demonstrates the best kind of emotionally manipulative filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
Uma pequena pérola que faz jus ao filme no qual foi inspirada.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
A lovely oddity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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