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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 8 out of 18
  1. Director Nora Ephron and her co-writers, sister Delia plus Pete Dexter and Jim Quinlan (the latter two wrote the original story), bring a smart contemporary sensibility to the hokum, hilarity and heart-tugging that have made for many a classic Hollywood entertainment.
  2. 75
    Michael doesn't set up big drama or punch up big moments. It ambles.
  3. 63
    It's a little too low-key to be an effective romance and a little too soft to be anything more ambitious. Ultimately, it's neither offensive nor horrible; it's just another unspectacular, uninspired entry on Nora Ephron's erratic resume.
  4. 40
    The script is clich├ęd and uninspired, the tone veering uneasily between unamusing comedy and over-sincere drama, all theological issues are weakly circumvented and the characters hardly relate to each other, let alone to any of their onscreen activities.
  5. The director, Nora Ephron, displays her peerless gift for making everything seem snappy and mushy at the same time, and Travolta's performance has a slovenly, I-can-do-anything-and-you'll-still-love-me obnoxiousness.
  6. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    30
    John Travolta's charismatic screen presence is the only element that propels Michael over its rough narrative spots and scattered direction.
  7. 20
    John Travolta should realize that people appreciate him, maybe more than ever, but that he should start making movies people won't feel ashamed for having seen if he wants to avoid co-starring with a talking lemur in the future.

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  1. Aug 27, 2014
    5
    Just as an angel, it's soft and delicate. There aren't too many big moments, but along the way you do develop feeling. You can likely thankJust as an angel, it's soft and delicate. There aren't too many big moments, but along the way you do develop feeling. You can likely thank Nora Ephron for that. Expand