Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
Because Bay of Angels reveals rather than moralizes, because its concerns are character and psychology, it's a potent showcase for Moreau's gifts.
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Village Voice

By Michael Atkinson
Most of all, it's an early chapter of Demy's courtship with the provincial France of his youth, with the most bewitching generation of French actresses, and with movies.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Seen through Demy's eyes (and Raoul Coutard's shimmering black-and-white photography), their extravagance is so effortlessly cool, you feel somehow lucky just to be there with them.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Great pleasures.
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New Times (L.A.)

By Jean Oppenheimer
Demy's films are often described in terms of music; this one is more like a tango in which one person leads and refuses to forfeit the position.
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TV Guide

By Frank Lovece
The title of the film is most unfortunate because it gives no indication of the film's stark theme. Moreau is good as the disenchanted woman, but Mann is less effective.
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76 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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