City of Angels
City of Angels (1998)

In Wim Wenders' gossamer Wings of Desire (1987), invisible angel Damiel (Bruno Ganz) is moved by the sadness of Berlin trapeze artist Marion (Solveig Dommartin), and as his concern for her deepens, he yearns to experience life as humans… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 29, 1998
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Strains to achieve the enchantingly sublime, but ends up sinking to the depressingly ridiculous.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

My face had been locked in that goofy, awestruck expression you experience only in Spielberg movies. City of Angels demonstrates the best kind of emotionally manipulative filmmaking.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Glossy romance as an angel falls for a surgeon.

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Emanuel Levy
Variety

As a remake it's not as poetic as Wenders' masterpiece Wings of Desire, but it's supremely mounted (by ace lenser John Seale) and contains touching performances from Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan deviating from their respective screen images.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

A lovely oddity.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The movie's eerie, slightly menacing vision of black-clad angels lurking in the shadowy corners of unsuspecting lives is genuinely haunting.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Funnier than Wenders' version, and it also succeeds in visualising LA as a magical city while dealing intelligently with the themes of mortality, sacrifice, free will, and the mixed blessings of the human condition.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

It manages to leave a pleasant afterglow for those in the mood for its kind of loving.

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Film4

A good deal better than it has any right to be.

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Sajin P A
A reinterpretation of the German film 'Wings of Desire', plot of the movie revolves around romance and spirituality. More than often movies of… More
Cassie Hill
A great love story that it is touching and sad at the same time. Nicolas Cage proves once again that he is a great actor as does Meg Ryan.
Manu Gino
She didn't believe in angels until she fell in love with one. Saw it again! Excellent Movie! One of the best tragic romantic story I have ever seen. Great… More
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3 stars
Apeneck Fletcher
A soaring soundtrack and sweeping visuals embellish this tale, like the classic Death Takes A Holiday, of an immortal falling in love with a mortal. The script… More
Candy Rose
Romantic movie about an angel who falls in love with a doctor. He longs to become human to be with her. But their togetherness is short lived. Good cast.

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