City of Angels
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An angel must decide if love is more important than eternal peace in this Americanized adaptation of Wim Wenders' modern classic Wings of Desire. Seth (Nicholas Cage) is an angel who hovers over the city of Los Angeles, listening to people's thoughts, observing their lives, and guiding them to the next world when they die. While Seth and his fellow angels try to offer comfort to people as they can, they are discouraged from direct contact with humans and are usually invisible to them. While at a hospital, Seth sees Maggie (Meg Ryan), a dedicated heart surgeon who attempts to save the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Strains to achieve the enchantingly sublime, but ends up sinking to the depressingly ridiculous."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"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."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Glossy romance as an angel falls for a surgeon."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"An emotionally uninvolving flick that attempts to play on the heart strings of the viewer and fails in its effort."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Superb imagery can't compensate for deficiencies of Dana Steven's script and can't hide the formulaic nature of this film."
‑ Dragan Antulov,
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"A lovely oddity."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"The movie's eerie, slightly menacing vision of black-clad angels lurking in the shadowy corners of unsuspecting lives is genuinely haunting."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"City of Angels is the sort of compromised movie that could have been almost good, but decided to be a great big hit instead."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"This useless remake lacks the sheer ethereal beauty of the original Wings of Desire."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"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."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It manages to leave a pleasant afterglow for those in the mood for its kind of loving."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"A good deal better than it has any right to be."
‑ , Film4
"City of Angels raises theological questions, albeit in a somewhat pedestrian manner, and makes them an integral part of its otherwise formulaic plot."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Why would anyone remake Wim Wenders' masterpiece, Wings of Desire? Certainly not for artistic reasons."
‑ Carlo Cavagna,
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