Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 100
    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 my mind, and in that space I can consider questions. (Review of Original Release)
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    100
    Wim Wenders returns to Germany with a sublimely beautiful, deeply romantic film for our times. (Review of Original Release)
  3. 100
    Wings is a soaring vision that appeals to the senses and the spirit. (Review of Original Release)
  4. 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 to this, Wings of Desire is one of Wenders's most stunning achievements.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    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 hard too. But when the artists behind the screen and the angels in the audience meet, it's like a smoke and coffee: fantastic! (1998 May 9, p. 79)
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Apr 25, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. a philosophical modern if not dated, a romantic fairytale of a world divided by two dimensions one thats filled with the living and the other filled with the spirits, mostly taking place in a 1980s Berlin now a urban and cultural community divided by the berlin wall and the remains of a WWII war zone

    Unknown to the people who now live and strive in this city, angels (the dead) perch on the highest buildings, castles, and statues, watching and hearing every man's thoughts and emotions. things change when angel Damiel (Bruno Ganz) falls for a young female acrobat and wishes to trade in his wings for life.

    Damiel's transition from an invisible spirit to a human being, is well executed with an amazing cinematographic technique by director Wim Wenders' which portrays Damiel's point of view as an angel shot in Black and White then slowly to color when the time comes when he becomes human. a cinematic record

    A beautiful film about why its so beautiful to have life and why its worth fighting especially in the view of a ghost who never experienced life before. a transcendental gem for the ages
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  2. aaronL
    Jan 31, 2009
    10
    One of the best movies of all time. Extremely poetic. beautiful and sarcastic at the same time in its vision of the human plight. You cannot One of the best movies of all time. Extremely poetic. beautiful and sarcastic at the same time in its vision of the human plight. You cannot watch this movie and not think deeply about our deepest desires and goals on earth and about what humanity means. Full Review »
  3. KeithB
    Jul 21, 2007
    10
    I remember seeing this movie during a summer program and prior to its showing, the presenter mentioned that dinner was already in progress. I remember seeing this movie during a summer program and prior to its showing, the presenter mentioned that dinner was already in progress. Those who wanted to eat could leave, but risk missing an incredible art film. My friends left, but I stayed and watched it. This is one of the most intimate, serene, delicate and stunningly beautiful movies I have ever seen in my life. It is truly a testament about the power of love and the human spirit; this movie is inspirational in every sense. It does not profess any moral or lesson, but allows the viewer to be enveloped in its elegance and pure, innocent statement about humanity. Anyone who views this film will leave it with a refreshed feeling of contentment. Full Review »