Angels in America: Season 1 - Rotten Tomatoes

Angels in America: Season 1 (2003)



Critic Consensus: In Angels in America, writer Tony Kushner and director Mike Nichols imaginatively and artistically deliver heavy, vital subject matter, colorfully imparted by a stellar cast.


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Brilliant adaptation of Tony Kushner's award-winning play about the dawn of AIDS in the 1980s, focusing on a powerful lawyer, a scion of a wealthy family and a Mormon couple in New York City. HBO originally presented this 351-minute film in two parts, but also aired it in six one-hour installments.


Meryl Streep
as Hannah Pitt
Al Pacino
as Roy Cohn
Mary-Louise Parker
as Harper Pitt
Justin Kirk
as Prior Walter
Ben Shenkman
as Louis Ironson
Michael Gambon
as Prior No. 1
Simon Callow
as Prior No. 2
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Critic Reviews for Angels in America: Season 1

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (15)

Under director Nichols, Angels in America receives its definitive treatment and emerges as a vivid but exhausting experience. The great revelation is the cast, which proves there's no special effect equal to heartfelt acting.

August 26, 2014 | Full Review…

Note-perfectly written for the screen by its playwright, Tony Kushner, the adaptation is as trenchant, poetic, fantastical, and moving as its source -- with the added thrill of an up-close cinematic approach.

August 22, 2014 | Full Review…

Ultimately... the real problem is that Angels is and remains a play, not a movie.

August 22, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Meryl Streep gave the performance of the year in any medium with her flawless disappearing act into (among others) a tenacious Mormon matron, a wily (male) rabbi, and the wry and vengeful specter of Ethel Rosenberg.

July 2, 2018 | Full Review…

I find the series far too pretentious and posturing; it forces itself on the viewer, and doesn't cease until the final credits role.

September 2, 2014 | Full Review…

Only TV - or, specifically, HBO - could give this magnificent, reckless, enormously entertaining masterwork of rage and hope, of politics and poetry, the unrestrained and generous canvas it deserves.

August 29, 2014 | Full Review…

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