Angel Face
Angel Face (1952)

In this taut melodrama, the beautiful countenance of a young woman belies a murderous heart. Angel loves her father but utterly despises her wealthy stepmother and becomes insanely obsessed with killing her. Unfortunately, things don't… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 23, 2007
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
New York Times

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.

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Paul Brenner
Filmcritic.com

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

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...never quite achieves lift-off...

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Superb Freudian crime thriller, noir-inflected in theme but shot by and large in crisp, bright drawing-rooms.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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Film4

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

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Dan Callahan
ToxicUniverse.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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Oh, I dug this. Preminger delivers solid Beverly Hills noir with a dollop of Freudian melodrama. Mitchum is great as a super cynical "I'm wise to… More
AJ Verser
An ordinary man gets mixed up with a dangerous girl. Not anything new, but it's a good movie with good actors.
Devon Bott
Robert Mitchum plays Frank, an ambulance driver with dreams of opening a sports car repair shop. He has a very pretty girlfriend (Mona Freeman) that he treats… More