Angels in America: Season 1 Reviews

February 21, 2020
Framed inside a smaller box, Angels is contained and drained; it bogs down, betrays its seams and patches; its lofty scaffolding creaks.
February 21, 2020
Angels in America is millennial, prophetic, funny and moving. Above all, it is vital viewing.
February 21, 2020
"Angels in America" is one of the most dazzling movies ever made for television or any other means of projecting a film, but it dazzles the mind as well as the eye.
February 21, 2020
The performances are uniformly, unabashedly, be-still-my-heart superb.
February 21, 2020
Every performance draws you in and holds you in its grip, and Nichols directs with such inventiveness that Angels in America doesn't seem like a televised play at all but its own full-blown original movie.
December 7, 2018
Blessed with a virtuoso cast, each of whom creates characters that live and haunt and mesmerize long after the final credits pass.
August 14, 2018
Al Pacino and Meryl Streep lead an outstanding cast in Tony Kushner's epic play about Aids directed for television by Mike Nichols.
July 2, 2018
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.
June 8, 2018
Nichols effects a heady mix of theatre spectacle and cinematic style in some thrilling, extraordinarily beautiful sequences, resulting in a poetic, compassionate, ultimately hopeful work about the human condition at the turn of the millennium.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 2, 2014
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
The performances retain the heightened brio of grand theatrical acting, something this text absolutely requires, while still maintaining a solid lifeline to naturalism.
September 2, 2014
Mike Nichols's six-hour adaptation, for HBO, of Tony Kushner's epic two-part play about AIDS in the 1980's was exhilarating - artsy television that didn't make viewers antsy.
September 2, 2014
There is much, much more to Angels than politics, which is why it is so gripping.
September 2, 2014
Angels in America is not just one of the best television movies ever made - it's also a transcendent work of art. Watching Angels is an ecstatic experience, one that uplifts both your spirits and a medium that so often prefers to be degraded.
August 29, 2014
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 27, 2014
This version of Angels doesn't fly as high as the opening credits promise (and there are some laughable special effects that help keep it from doing so), but Kushner's brilliance isn't easily denied.
August 26, 2014
It's the ways in which Nichols and Kushner have opened up and pared down the scripts that make the definitive stage drama of the last decade a masterful, must-see film event for the new millennium.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 26, 2014
By far the most resonant aspect of Angels in America today is its exposure of simplistic struggles over definitions of "good" and "evil."
August 26, 2014
The tears I felt welling up in the latter stages of a preview tape came equally from pain and pleasure, as Kushner's charged mix of individual struggle and public prophecy gathers momentum to a dizzying climax of denunciation and absolution.
August 26, 2014
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.