Hell's Angels
Hell's Angels (1930)

No one was surprised in 1929 that aviation mogul Howard R. Hughes would produce a paean to World War I flying aces like Hell's Angels. Given Hughes' comparative inexperience as a moviemaker, however, everyone was taken slightly… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 7, 2004
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Malcolm Cowley
The New Republic

The machine guns are real machine guns, the bombs are real bombs, the drum of motors is the drum of genuine motors. But the actors themselves are false, puny, inadequate, the only real automatons in a world of vital steel.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

These air scenes, with the crashing of flaming planes, have never been matched on the screen.

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Shane Burridge
rec.arts.movies.reviews

The two spectacular set pieces are as much the audience's reason for viewing the film as it was Hughes' reason to make it

Variety Staff
Variety

It's no sappy, imbecilic tale.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Dramatically, it's a giant flop; and the wooden filmmaking technique only burdens it more. Still, it's hard not to see what wowed audiences in 1930.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Though the film was better than could be expected, it was still done in by its uninteresting love triangle story.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

The end result is barely adequate. But it does feature a spectacularly elaborate World War I dogfight, and an equally fine Zeppelin sequence. And of course there's Harlow.

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Like a James Cameron movie, it's epic with great action sequences, but weak when it comes to the performances.

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

Should be judged in context but even then it's a bit high on the melodrama and low on subtlety.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Of interest more as a historical landmark than a great film. The aerial scenes are very impressive especially those in rudimentary color but the acting of the… More
Brian R
A terrific film and maybe one of my favs. I enjoyed the film immensely, particularly the the omminous Zepplin scene and the ariel dog fights. The story is flat… More
William Dunmyer
I can't believe how well this movie has held up over almost 100 years. One of the earliest sound pictures, and it still fairly explodes off the screen.… More
Saskia D.
Seen it a while back, can't remember anything about it, so it wasn't that special. What's really cool, is the true story behind the movie. Howard… More

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