Fallen Angel
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This noir thriller is Otto Preminger's follow-up to his smash hit Laura, and while not quite up to the level of the previous film, it is still a pretty good, albeit convoluted, yarn. It all begins as a destitute press agent is unceremoniously booted off a cross-country bus for not paying his fare. He lands in the tiny seaside town of Walton. The press agent manages to con a fellow into letting him stay the night by promising to promote the career of a struggling medium. While he is there, he begins investigating the town eccentric, a wealthy young woman who lives secretively and by… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The portrait of small-town loneliness and desperation is well and sharply drawn."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The overall mood, lighting, and pace of the film, nevertheless, are top, hardboiled film noir."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It lacks that desperation, doom, and paranoia. It's limp; it's just going through the motions."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"For all of its acting wealth, Fallen Angel falls short of being a top flight whodunit."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Heck, you almost expect Mildred Pierce to show up at Pop's Diner to sell him some pies!"
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"Worth watching for its fascinating view of the seamy underbelly of parochial life in post-war America."
‑ , Film4
"A sharp, small town melodrama."
‑ , Time Out
"Its subtle analysis of shadowy tropes proves both a continuation and a deepening of Preminger's use of moral ambiguity as a tool of human insight."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"A follow-up film noir to the highly successful Laura."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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