Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 28
  2. Negative: 9 out of 28
  1. 75
    A surprisingly effective film.
  2. A cumbersome dud, grows draggier with each new revelation.
  3. 20
    A romantic thriller of more than usual ineptitude.
  4. Angel Eyes is the rare film that presents a family dynamic as demented as ones we know from life.
  5. 50
    Wrapped in a layer of psuedo-spookiness that leads viewers to think the story is going somewhere it isn't.
  6. Together, Lopez and Caviezel make quite a pair. Sorrowful yet hip, they seem to be inventing a new mood: designer melancholia.
  7. The product is so synthetic it has only attitude where its heart ought to be.
  8. This is all about getting your life back on course before you can fall in love. Which isn't such a bad idea for a movie, as long as there's something more. Unfortunately, there isn't.
  9. 25
    One of the most anticlimactic finales I've ever seen in a movie
  10. The sincerity of their performances (Lopez and Caviezel) overrides the intermittent implausibilities of Gerald Dipego's script.
  11. Hints heavily at its One Big Secret from the get-go, then waits for you to figure it out miles ahead of the not-too-bright characters.
  12. Adds up to a carefully crafted romantic drama of considerable insight and emotional impact that provides Lopez an acting challenge she meets with ease.
  13. A movie about healing that makes us want to scream out, ""Hollywood, heal thyself!"
  14. 30
    Doesn't work at any level, but the total lack of chemistry between its central couple is fatal.
  15. Shot in Chicago, this is a picture that looks better than it sounds and is made much better than it deserves to be.
  16. Lopez is so remarkably unaffected and guileless that she manages to carry the film through its mood swing, if not successfully to its conclusion.
  17. Has all the telltale signs of desperate re-editing: mismatched shots, clumsy transitions and a devastating car wreck that occurred either on a dry sunlit day or in the midst of a nighttime downpour, depending on the flashback.
  18. 60
    But it's Lopez's movie, and its limitations are hers: Both actress and movie tackle emotional turmoil with a minimum of insight.
  19. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    Lopez is not yet the actor Caviezel is. Still, she fills her performance with conviction, does a couple of her own stunts, and has enough star presence to fill the big screen.
  20. There's a moving, complicated love story at the center of Angel Eyes. It's too bad a peripheral plot line draws attention away from it.
  21. During an endless, maudlin last act, it becomes more and more difficult not to laugh -- or barf -- as the protagonists tearfully come to terms with their issues.
  22. 40
    The audience hasn't the slightest idea what is going on.
  23. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    50
    Darts back and forth from being a psychological thriller to a vaguely metaphysical drama to a fate-driven romance -- it all becomes a blur.
  24. A unique and striking film for at least the first two-thirds of its running time, after which it turns, all too sadly, predictable and mundane
  25. 20
    A sappy love story wherein nary a gun or action sequence is seen after the first 10 minutes.
  26. 50
    A wisp of ghost story that promises insight but is strictly soft focus.
  27. Reviewed by: Marrit Ingman
    40
    Viewers with a low tolerance for schmaltz may suffer; one heartfelt speech even drew nervous titters from the otherwise indulgent preview crowd.
  28. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    30
    A tearjerking romantic confection that, thanks to a reliance on unrestrained psychobabble and melodramatic one-upmanship, is only partially digestible.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Smurf
    Nov 23, 2006
    8
    This movie was very moving. I really enjoyed it. The storyline is interesting and not predictable. You are constantly trying to put the puzzle piece's of Catch's life together and intrigued by the relationship between him and Sharon. Full Review »
  2. ChadS.
    Nov 12, 2005
    6
    Having just recently seen the latest offering by David Cronenberg, "Angel Eyes" sort of plays like "A History of Music". If not for a godawful sequence in which we see Sharon(Jennifer Lopez) and "Catch"(James Caviezel) fall in love via montage, "Angel Eyes" is reasonably mysterious, and more importantly, rare in a studio film, subtle. In an extremely obscure way, the familial subplot reminds me of Cameron Crowe's "Say Anything", because both films end with the man coming to his woman's rescue after an uncomfotable meeting with her father. At various times, we think "Catch" might be a ghost, or a child molester, or perhaps a child molesting ghost. One half of his secret is interesting, but the other half might be too melodramatic, and yet Jennifer Lopez and Jim Caviezel redeem some potentially yucky scenes by resisting the temptation to go for the Oscar. Lopez needs to stay out of the tabloids. Jenny-from-the-block makes a very convincing cop. Full Review »