The Strange Case of Angelica


Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Dec 23, 2010
    Its stunningly composed images showing how Isaac is himself something of a ghost-given to staring off into the distance, being condescended to by those around him, a man perpetually outside the times. What he needs is to take that one extra step toward his spectral siren; the scene in which he does so might be one of the most exhilarating visions of death's sweet embrace ever filmed.
  2. Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    Mar 10, 2011
    This fresh, highly original film, inspired by Oliveira's substantially different, never-filmed 1952 script, has been made with the greatest of ease and simplicity and with drollery and wit, yet its underlying impact is profoundly spiritual.
  3. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Feb 10, 2011
    "Angélica" feels most like the film that argues Oliveira is this close to the beyond without ever bothering to knock first at death's door.
  4. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Jan 6, 2011
    A captivating mix of formality, ambiguity and offbeat humor. On the surface a simple fable, it's actually much more.
  5. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jan 6, 2011
    Too shaggy at times, with digressions into science and history that come out flat and awkward. But there's a sweet, unshakeable poetry in the main idea of the film.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Dec 30, 2010
    de Oliveira's film is a musical of a sort, its quietude occasionally lifted by work songs or chorales.
  7. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Dec 29, 2010
    The charm of The Strange Case of Angelica lies in the way it balances this mysticism with a thoroughly secular sense of the business of everyday life.

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