A Rumor of Angels
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A Rumor of Angels
Twelve-year-old James (Trevor Morgan) is haunted by the car crash that claimed his mother's life two years earlier. Estranged from his father (Ray Liotta) and nurturing a deep hatred of his stepmother (Catherine McCormack), James is none too pleased about the prospect of spending his summer vacation at their Maine beach house. With no one his own age for company, he spends his time exploring the surrounding beaches. One day, while playing in the dunes, James accidentally breaks a fence belonging to Maddy Bennett (Vanessa Redgrave), a cranky old woman with a reputation for loony behavior.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 34%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This cloying, voices-from-the-other-side story is hell."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"A spiritual exploration of sorts, offering a message of hope that resonates."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"A soft, overly familiar coming of age tale, though in small, eccentric role Vanessa Redgrave is good."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Long on twinkly-eyed close-ups and short on shame."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"The problem with movies about angels is they have a tendency to slip into hokum. A Rumor of Angels doesn't just slip -- it avalanches into forced fuzziness."
‑ Michael Phillips, Citysearch
"The film's darker moments become smoothed over by an overwhelming need to tender inspirational tidings, especially in the last few cloying moments."
‑ Wendy Lee, Village Voice
"The screenplay by James Eric, James Horton and director Peter O'Fallon ... is so pat it makes your teeth hurt."
‑ Jonathan Foreman, New York Post
"For those with an aversion to such sentimentality, especially when associated with the spirit world, Vanessa Redgrave is still reason enough to see A Rumor of Angels."
‑ Shirley Sealy, Film Journal International
"The actors are fantastic. They are what makes it worth the trip to the theatre."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, Fantastica Daily
"If there was any doubt that Peter O'Fallon didn't have an original bone in his body, A Rumor of Angels should dispel it."
‑ Shlomo Schwartzberg, Boxoffice Magazine
"There are times when A Rumor of Angels plays like an extended episode of Touched by an Angel -- a little too much dancing, a few too many weeping scenes -- but I liked its heart and its spirit."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Denver should not get the first and last look at one of the most triumphant performances of Vanessa Redgrave's career. It deserves to be seen everywhere."
‑ John Moore, Denver Post
"Given the fact that virtually no one is bound to show up at theatres for it, the project should have been made for the tube."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"The actors don't inhabit their roles -- they're trapped by them, forced to change behavior in bizarre unjustified fashion and spout dialog that consists mostly of platitudes."
‑ Bob Aulert, culturevulture.net
"That death is merely a transition is a common tenet in the world's religions. This deeply spiritual film taps into the meaning and consolation in afterlife communications."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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