Angel-A (2005)

A moralistic tale about a man, Andre, who gets a second chance in life when he meets Angela, a tall, femme fatale whom he saves from a suicide bid in the Seine River. The two spend a memorable summer night in nearly deserted Paris where… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 21, 2005
DVD Release Date: November 20, 2007
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The clunky dialogue and shallow characters fail to capitalize upon Angel-A's stunning, poetic cinematography.

Robert W. Butler
Arizona Republic

... a visually sumptuous, dramatically inert fable ...

Ted Fry
Seattle Times

Luc Besson returns to his roots in this delightful, funny and stylish fantasy. Shot in gloriously crisp black and white, it's also a bit of a throwback to the French New Wave for its technique and dazzling location vignettes across Paris.

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Jon Frosch
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Besson is clearly aiming for something like a fairy tale, but a work this forced and self-absorbed can only end up feeling terribly earthbound.

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Jonathan F. Richards

Familiar situations and trite dialogue give this movie the feel of something freeze-dried and reconstituted.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

You desperately want the story, and the characters, to make some kind of emotional sense. This, however, does not happen.

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Fernando F. Croce

A better grubby guy/hot chick fable than Knocked Up, certainly much more honest about its male-fantasy status

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Besson's black-and-white angel fantasy is a weak homage to Wings of Desire, if that's what he was shooting for.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Counterfeit art-house chic writ large -- a French film that fails to produce the ineffable charms of the yesteryear movies it brazenly imitates.

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Brandon Fibbs

Ultimately Angel-A never takes flight, weighted down by an overabundance of metaphysical clichés stolen from other films.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Sergio Garcia
Not all Luc Besson's movies like me. But this one is great. I laugh like crazy. It's a comedy/drama very good told. it should be remembered as a… More
xGary Xx
When a downtrodden small timer tries to kill himself when faced with insurmountable debts, he meets his guardian angel in the form of a statuesque beauty.… More
Brian De Guelle
Weclome return for luc besson being you here a small and nicely crafed movie with to fine performances keeping the story moving.Shoot in Black and white and in… More
Lady D'arbanville
A film that progressively satisfies, the further you watch and is full of metaphorical value. Quirky, yet grounded (as much as a story about an Angel can… More
Alexander Wilson
I liked it, good film. Reminded me of my times in Paris, and how such a romantic city it is. C'est La Vie. B&W, English subtitiles.
El Hombre Invisible
Acclaimed writer/director Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, Leon, and The Fifth Element) returns to live action filmmaking with Angel-A for the first time since… More

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