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The Strange Case Of Angelica Reviews

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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
May 15, 2011
The Strange Case of Angelica is indeed strange and unsettling. What it isn't is compelling or satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
December 29, 2010
More mundane than magical, The Strange Case of Angelica is neither strange nor lively enough to lift anyone's spirits.
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
May 13, 2011
An uneven but intriguing piece of whimsy that veers from powerfully symbolic cinematography into self parody.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Guest Haden
Film Comment Magazine
November 7, 2013
Oliveira's first use of 21st-century digital technology paradoxically marks a return to the origins of cinema with the special effects trembling with a handcrafted sincerity and shimmering sense of wonder
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
September 28, 2010
After a century on this planet and seven decades in the cinema, Manoel de Oliveira has earned the right to turn out whatever type of film he chooses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Aaron Cutler
Slant Magazine
October 3, 2010
The movie evokes what the Portuguese call saudades, or sentimental longing, but literally reincarnates melancholy as joy.
Nick Schager
The L Magazine
October 5, 2010
A snapshot of consuming obsession and the inspiring power of art that?s like falling into a bewildering, beguiling dream.
Prairie Miller
December 24, 2010
The mystical when not earthy, Chaplinesque images are enchanting. In particular the artist's pursuit of his elusive muse, ecstatically locked in a wordless embrace with the beaming apparition as she takes him on a journey floating across the night sky.
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
December 5, 2011
Some dreamlike photography and a soothing musical score are pluses but slow, draggy telling is likely to frustrate the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 15, 2011
An old-fashioned 21st Century movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 13, 2011
May be the most accessible of the ten Oliveira films I've seen so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
December 29, 2010
de Oliveira's film is a musical of a sort, its quietude occasionally lifted by work songs or chorales.
Jon Frosch
December 29, 2010
A distinctive, touchingly old-fashioned piece of work, and unmistakably one made by a director whose life has spanned eras.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 31, 2011
...a whimsical fable, the meditation of a very old man looking to the past, looking towards death. It has the impact of a half smile.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 30, 2011
Stunningly magnificent spellbinding magical tale.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 29, 2010
While it is evidently the work of an artist with great stores of wisdom and a long view of history, it also has a playful, wry quality that can only be described as youthful.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 10, 2011
Nearly every shot in this new movie contains one glory or another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
December 22, 2010
We think we're in for a weighty, Hitchcockian treatise on artistic obsession; Oliveira's intentions are a bit more impish, however, though no less profound.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
October 18, 2010
Probably too film school for most, this is a masterpiece by a master. A hard look at the disjunction of film and art in a ghostly setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
January 7, 2011
"The Strange Case of Angelica" tells its tale of love and death with a captivating mix of formality, ambiguity and offbeat humor. On the surface a simple fable, it's actually much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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