80

Empire

By Angie Errigo
A stand-out romantic fantasy and surefire hit of Ghost-ly proportions. But all you cynical and smart-arsed brethren, beware: this is definitely not for you.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
A lovely oddity.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
An odd hybrid but a successful one. It marries the lyricism and heavy atmosphere of a European art film with the soaring spirit of a Hollywood love story.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
What I did appreciate is that City of Angels is one of the few angel movies that knows one essential fact about angels: They are not former people. ”Angels aren't human. We were never human,” observes Seth. This is quite true. Angels are purely spiritual beings.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
I suspect City of Angels is going to remind many viewers of “Ghost,” but there's a big difference: this film is more true and less manipulative.
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60

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
For all the "touched by an angel" sentimentality, the movie's eerie, slightly menacing vision of black-clad angels lurking in the shadowy corners of unsuspecting lives is genuinely haunting.
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50

San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
City of Angels will probably work better for some people than it did for a crusty fellow like me. I feel guilty that I don't like this movie more. I think the devil got the better of me.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Many will welcome the movie's interest in spirituality, but some may wonder why it's couched in a celebration of sensual pleasures ranging from sex to cigarette smoking.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
This is the sort of movie in which everyone on screen is swathed in gauzy benevolence. You practically have time to say a prayer in the dead spaces between lines.
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40

Austin Chronicle

By Steve Davis
Even if you accept this plot contrivance, the consummation of this union of souls isn't very emotionally involving -- it lacks that transcendence you associate with stories in which love knows no bounds.
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54 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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