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A moralistic tale about a man, Andre, who gets a second chance in life when he meets Angela, a tall, femme fatale whom he saves from a suicide bid in the Seine River. The two spend a memorable summer night in nearly deserted Paris where Angela exposes herself as a true angel, sent down to save Andre from himself.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"... a visually sumptuous, dramatically inert fable ..."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Arizona Republic
"Luc Besson returns to his roots in this delightful, funny and stylish fantasy. Shot in gloriously crisp black and white, it's also a bit of a throwback to the French New Wave for its technique and dazzling location vignettes across Paris."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"Besson is clearly aiming for something like a fairy tale, but a work this forced and self-absorbed can only end up feeling terribly earthbound."
‑ Jon Frosch, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
"The film settles into a laid-back groove that is, how shall we say, endlessly boring."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"The film is slickly constructed with a hip soundtrack and art direction, but its empty, a glowing travelogue for a beautiful city and two maudlin characters that are predictable and two dimensional. I love Paris too but would rather see its reality ...."
‑ Moira Sullivan, Movie Magazine International
"Familiar situations and trite dialogue give this movie the feel of something freeze-dried and reconstituted."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"You desperately want the story, and the characters, to make some kind of emotional sense. This, however, does not happen."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A better grubby guy/hot chick fable than Knocked Up, certainly much more honest about its male-fantasy status"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Angela's Oprah-ish effort to change Andre's lying ways becomes a tedious mix of self-help and pop-philosophizing . . . the film's black-and-white look is two shades more complex than its gender politics."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"A gorgeous-looking film whose crisp, black-and-white photography is unfortunately much more thrilling than its simplistic, cloying story."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"Besson's black-and-white angel fantasy is a weak homage to Wings of Desire, if that's what he was shooting for."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Counterfeit art-house chic writ large -- a French film that fails to produce the ineffable charms of the yesteryear movies it brazenly imitates."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Ultimately Angel-A never takes flight, weighted down by an overabundance of metaphysical clichés stolen from other films."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
"Besson gives the movie a warmth and charm all its own..."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"An ultimately dull nonaffair."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
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