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  • Summary: Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan star in this story of the love between a celestial angel and a very human woman. (Warner Bros.)
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    The endlessly resourceful Nicolas Cage, as a celestial angel, and a terrifically engaging Meg Ryan, as a pragmatic surgeon, create such blissful chemistry that they elevate the drama to a poetic level seldom reached in a mainstream movie.
  2. 80
    Though far from a seamless work, the film is gorgeously crafted, and Silberling obviously has a passion for angels. But then these days, who doesn't?
  3. 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.
  4. 50
    At least Dennis Franz, as a former angel, livens up his scenes, and Ryan is less intolerable than usual. Meanwhile, the always-interesting Cage does a good job pretending he's in a better movie. But he's not.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Needless to say, in the age of inferior remakes, this would-be homage -- a sort of Wim Wenders Lite -- is a mawkish debasement of its source material.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Sep 24, 2014
    City of Angels is one of the best dramas of 1998.
  2. Sep 15, 2014
    Brilliant visuals matched with an expertly told story is City Of Angels. One of Nicolas Cage's best movies.
  3. Sep 28, 2014
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  4. Sep 30, 2014
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  5. Sep 15, 2014
    A fantastic romantic drama that has a unique style and brilliant acting from Meg Ryan and Nicolas Cage.
  6. Jul 21, 2014
    City of Angels is one Cage's best movies. The acting by him and Ryan is phenomenal. I also think this is
    her best movie. They should space in
    more movies together because they are a wonderful screen duo. Expand
  7. ZBobby
    Aug 24, 2006
    This movie should not have even been made. It is maddening to see a Wenders masterpiece muddied by hollywood rewriting. How can you turn a trapeze artist into a heart surgeon, even worse she is played by none other than the worst actress in that high of a pay bracket. A ridiculous piece of trash at best. Where the original was one of the most philosophical and moving films I have seen in quite some time, this just mocks the original. Expand

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