Wings of Desire Synopsis
An angel (Bruno Ganz) meets Peter Falk, and loves a French trapezist (Solveig Dommartin) in Berlin.
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Washington Post

By Desson Thomson
Wings is a soaring vision that appeals to the senses and the spirit. (Review of Original Release)
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100

Variety

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Wim Wenders returns to Germany with a sublimely beautiful, deeply romantic film for our times. (Review of Original Release)
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Astonishing things happen and symbolism can only work by being apparent. For me, the film is like music or a landscape: It clears a space in...
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90

Chicago Reader

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
The conceit gets a little out of hand after one of the angels falls in love with the trapeze artist and decides to become human; but prior...
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90

Time

By Richard Corliss
Wings of Desire works hard to be both an essay and a love story, a mural and an intimate portrait. To savor this film, the viewer must work...
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80

Washington Post

By Rita Kempley
An ingratiating West German "Heaven Can Wait." (Review of Original Release)
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80

The A.V. Club

By Noel Murray
Though Wings Of Desire has a classic look, its mood and style is New Wave in every sense of the term. The synthesis of deep thought,...
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50

The New Republic

By Stanley Kauffmann
Its very existence as a film sets up expectations that wouldn't exist within a book -- another reason I'd bet that there would be more...
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50

The New York Times

By Elvis Mitchell
Startlingly original at first, Wings of Desir' is in the end damagingly overloaded. The excesses of language, the ceaseless camera movement,...
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Rated PG-13