Angel-A Synopsis
Contemplating suicide himself, a man instead saves a beautiful blonde from drowning.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The overall experience of the movie is of something fresh.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Movies often turn on slender notions worked up to look like full-fledged ideas. Once in a while, though, a notion will be fertile to begin...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The beautiful black-and-white photography - and disappointingly sappy ending - are the only remotely sober elements here, thanks to...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
So stunningly shot and visualized--and scored so hauntingly well by Anja Garbarek, the daughter of saxophonist/composer Jan Garbarek--that...
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
A black-and-white fantasia shot against a bright backdrop of famous sites, and it has potential to be a cult hit on its dreamy-hipster look...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Its strongest asset is the stunningly poetic cinematography by Thierry Arbogast.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
What's maddening about Angel-A is that Besson is so brilliant with his visuals - and so in love with his two leads and the city they're...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
What nearly saves the movie, besides the Rasmussen eye candy, is Paris itself, shot in shimmering black-and-white by the gifted Thierry...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The movie might have been more tolerable had Besson searched harder for a performer and not a specimen. Barbara Stanwyck in her prime might...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Angel-A shows how director Luc Besson can be French in a way that even the French might despise...Quel ick. And très tedious.
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Besson does mid-life crisis with charm

By eurenda
I had the opportunity to see this delightful film during a Besson tribute weekend in LA, and what a joy it was to watch. Jamel Debbouze delivers a charming comedic performance that shows some...

Besson does arthouse!

By eurofilm
This isn't your usual Luc Besson film from what you came to expect from his action movies such as LA FEMME NIKITA or THE PROFESSIONAL, but it's still got his quirky fun pop touch. It's essentially...

At least the cinematography's good

By Stefanek
Paris looks stunning in this movie, which is shot in beautiful black and white. The premise is good, but the social critiques are too limited and the ending is disappointingly predictable....

Angel-A is unique and enjoyable

By CaptainMallory
Any Luc Besson fan should see Angel-A, the logical next step in the filmmaker's evolution. But even those who are not familiar with Besson's work will enjoy this uniquely funny and touching adult...


By angieruiz
Luc Besson is one of my favorite filmmakers and Angel-A was nothing short of fantastic! I love the surreal touch he gives to this film, shot in black and white. It reminded me of a live art exhibit I...

Magical and thought provoking

By FrontCenter
Loved this movie. It is visually beautiful, sharp witted and entertaining. A little eccentric to be sure, but that's part of the fun. I'll probably see it again - just to take in the wonderful...


By scombridae
As always Beeson surrounds himself with immaculate talent from the cinematography to the subperb acting that carries the film. He has a good sense for popular movie making doing it with a sensitivity...


By sundance_Fanatic
We saw this in January at the Sundance Film Festival - and can't wait to see it again. Although a departure from the director's previous films, the crowd loved it. This is a beautiful movie! I was...

Simply wonderful

By bfairbanks
What a wonderful film. Touching and very charming. Beautifully shot, directed and acted. Definitely worth seeing....

If you love Paris then you will love this movie

By ekbster
This movie is light, comprised mostly of empty Paris streets shot in contrasting black and white. The premise should evoke more suspense and apprehension but it doesn't. This movie can't help...

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Rated R | For language and some sexual content