City of Angels Reviews

September 7, 2011
October 18, 2008
April 27, 2007
Strains to achieve the enchantingly sublime, but ends up sinking to the depressingly ridiculous.
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.
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.
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.
April 12, 2002
A lovely oddity.
February 14, 2001
It manages to leave a pleasant afterglow for those in the mood for its kind of loving.
January 1, 2000
Awash in angelic choruses and panoramic scenery, the movie aspires toward a solemnity that Dana Stevens's prosaic psychobabbling screenplay cannot support.
Top Critic
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
An old-fashioned, big-hearted movie.
January 1, 2000
The movie has its affecting moments, but the drearily inevitable has come true -- an original and rather haunting poetic conception has been turned into a literal-minded love story.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
Although City of Angels sometimes dances perilously close to the line between romance and schmaltz, it never crosses it, a nifty maneuver when you consider that the story deals with both love and spirituality, two areas land-mined with cant.
January 1, 2000
City of Angels is more romantic than profound, but Dana Stevens' script is thoughtful and intelligent, and I never felt insulted by what the characters say, do, or think.
January 1, 2000
As angel movies go, this is one of the better ones, not least because Meg Ryan is so sunny and persuasive as a heart surgeon who falls in love with an angel.
April 10, 1998