Fallen Angel
Fallen Angel (1945)

Otto Preminger directed this stylish film noir exercise, intended as a follow-up to his surprise hit Laura. Kicked off a bus traveling cross-country for not being able to come up with the fare, down-and-out press agent Eric Stanton (Dana… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 5, 1945
DVD Release Date: March 7, 2006
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The portrait of small-town loneliness and desperation is well and sharply drawn.

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Christopher Machell

Fallen Angel plays with the well-worn trope of the virgin / whore dichotomy, inverting to a certain degree the audience's expectations of female agency.

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

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.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

For all of its acting wealth, Fallen Angel falls short of being a top flight whodunit.

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TV Guide

The overall mood, lighting, and pace of the film, nevertheless, are top, hardboiled film noir.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

It lacks that desperation, doom, and paranoia. It's limp; it's just going through the motions.

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Time Out

A sharp, small town melodrama.

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Don Willmott

Heck, you almost expect Mildred Pierce to show up at Pop's Diner to sell him some pies!

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Worth watching for its fascinating view of the seamy underbelly of parochial life in post-war America.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Doesn't quite stick to the noir playbook but a lot of this film is great - Dana Andrews is rock solid and Otto Preminger pulls some HOT camera moves.… More
Aj V
I loved this movie! Andrews and Faye and Darnell were so fantastic in the movie, and the story is exciting, suspenseful, and romantic. I highly recommend it.
Randy Tippy
Good performances but the storyline only works if you buy into the assumption that all men are powerless under the spell of Linda Darnell. Discount that and… More