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Angel (The Real Life of Angel Deverell)
A destitute but determined young woman living in turn-of-the-century England ascends the social ranks after authoring a series of successful romantic novels in French writer/director François Ozon's first English-language feature. Romola Garai takes on the title role in a French and Belgian co-production co-starring Sam Neill, Charlotte Rampling, and Michael Fassbender and financed by Fidélité Films, Canal+, Celluliod Dreams, France 2, and Pan-Européenne. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ozon's film plays a difficult hand, never settling for all-out high kitsch or straight melodrama. One of the year's most charming failures."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"A film that's a total mess, but in kind of a beautiful way."
‑ Brian Tallerico, HollywoodChicago.com
"The French director François Ozon has taken Elizabeth Taylor's beadily satiric novel and transformed it into a droll and somewhat disturbing fantasia on the creative temperament."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Like Ozon's 8 Women, the costumes are magnificent and Angel's mansion is a shrine to the gods of bad taste. All that's missing is a heroine worthy of Bette Davis in her heyday."
‑ Ellen E Jones, Total Film
"The film bristles with contemporary subtext and takes swipes at mediocre artists who believe their own press, and the culture of celebrity."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"The sumptuous visuals make it eminently watchable."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"With a surface like a trashy novel and the undercurrents of a social satire, Ozon's British period drama is a slightly odd mix, feeling both arch and astute at the same time."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"How director Francois Ozon received a Golden Berlin Bear nomination for this shoddy movie, The Sneak will never know."
‑ , Sun Online
"Choosing to clothe his whole movie in the outré frocks of a bad Technicolor romance, Ozon serves up camp fun, but that's it."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Despite an impressive cast and a well-known director, this misfiring costume drama is a haphazard mess that ends up more unintentionally funny than emotionally engaging."
‑ Saxon Bullock, Film4
"Ozon films this saga with a straight face, but the overripe dialogue, dodgy back-projection and unrestrained acting all signal that he is smirking behind his hand."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"François Ozon is a Gallic Michael Winterbottom, if not in style then at least in his determination to do something different every time. As with Winterbottom, sometimes the result is great and sometimes not."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"A less than heavenly time is guaranteed for anyone who parts with their hard-earned to watch this formulaic period film."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"But this really is a failure - an honourable failure, arguably, but a failure, and a pretty complete one at that."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"Garai is great, but Ozon is about as adept at directing Brits as Woody Allen. Mind you, the set and costumes are glorious: this is one expensive folly."
‑ Anna Smith, Empire Magazine
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