Idiots and Angels
Idiots and Angels (2008)

A boorish man named Angel awakes one morning to discover his body has begun to match his name as a pair of wings has sprouted from his back. He cuts them off but they grow back, and Angel comes to realize the wings bring with them a moral… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 27, 2011
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stephen Holden
New York Times

The dystopia conjured by Idiots and Angels, Mr. Plympton's sixth and best animated feature, suggests Toulouse-Lautrec by way of Charles Bukowski.

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Greg Quill
Toronto Star

Even without a word of dialogue, Plympton's dark fable about the almost unnatural redemption of a lost soul content in its damnation is easily understood, and neatly told.

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Luke Y. Thompson
E! Online

...the punk rock of animated features: handmade, profane, challenging to the status quo, and occasionally ugly, yet groundbreaking.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out

In some respects, Idiots and Angels shows legendary independent animator Bill Plympton at the top of his game.

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Variety Staff

Good battles evil as a gun-running, booze-swilling, cigarette-puffing badass is dragged, kicking and screaming, toward salvation in Bill Plympton's slyly sardonic black comedy, his best animated feature to date.

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Kam Williams

A delightful yarn revolving around an age-old showdown between good and evil.

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Michael Posner
Globe and Mail

A dystopian commentary on humankind.

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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

Beautifully creepy... Less concerned with gags than nimble storytelling and wide-screen aesthetics (every brooding corner of the frame is blotted in monochromatic noir hues), Plympton mines elegance from the utterly gonzo.

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Eric Kohn

Now in his early sixties, Plympton has made his most accomplished feature...his characters resemble images in motion rather than full-on animations, as if a Looney Tunes cartoon made love to a Ralph Steadman sketch.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
A loathsome man who spends his days in a bar and enjoys squashing butterflies grows a pair of wings on his back that have a mind of their own. It features… More
Wu Chouin
Another decent surreal animation by Bill Plympton. Remarkably done without any dialogue.
Christopher Brown
Another excellent offering from the great Bill Plympton. This one is more serious than the other films I've seen from him (some might call it… More