Angel Face
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Jean Simmons' fascinating interpretation of an uncharacteristic role is the main drawing card of Otto Preminger's Angel Face. The daughter of Charles Treymayne (Herbert Marshall), who remarried a wealthy woman (Barbara O'Neil), Diane Treymayne's (Simmons) angelic countenance masks an unbridled psychotic who'll let nothing stand in the way of her happiness. Diane arranges for Catherine's death, making it look like an auto accident. Coveting family chauffeur Frank Jessup (Robert Mitchum), Diane steals Frank away from his sweetheart Mary (Mona Freeman) and forces him to… More
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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