Angel Face
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A capable cast, headed by Jean Simmons and Robert Mitchum, and a nice, taut story idea have been set adrift in a pretentious Freudian mist that wafts through the handsomely mounted proceedings with disastrous results."
‑ , New York Times
"Preminger transforms a second rate James M. Cain murder plot, re-orchestrating this textbook tale of passion and murder into a haunting and haunted refrain"
‑ Paul Brenner,
"...never quite achieves lift-off..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"An outstanding melodrama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Superb Freudian crime thriller, noir-inflected in theme but shot by and large in crisp, bright drawing-rooms."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"For all of its unbelievability, Angel Face is consistently suspenseful under Preminger's sure direction. In short, you're never sure what that crazy woman will do next."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This skilfully constructed noir, while not quite as convincing as some, still serves as a reminder that sometimes beautiful people can be the most dangerous."
‑ , Film4
"The sets, characters, and actions are extremely stylized, yet Preminger's moving camera gives them a frightening unity and fluidity, tracing a straight, clean line to a cliff top for one of the most audacious endings in film history."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"One of the best yet still underestimated film noir, boasting gloriously detailed mise-en-scene from Otto Preminger and a revelatory performance by the cast-against- type Jean Simmons as a murderess femme fatale."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"For the average viewer, this early fifties RKO noir might seem a tad slow, even a bit dreary. But if you look closer, what you'll find is an unnerving study of inertia and the empty blandness of your average murderer."
‑ Dan Callahan,
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