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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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.
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.
Ultimately... the real problem is that Angels is and remains a play, not a movie.
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.
I find the series far too pretentious and posturing; it forces itself on the viewer, and doesn't cease until the final credits role.
Audience Reviews for Angels in America: Season 1
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