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. 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.
  2. 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)
  3. 80
    Though Wings Of Desire has a classic look, its mood and style is New Wave in every sense of the term. The synthesis of deep thought, leisurely pacing, and stunning visuals is in the spirit of work by the young European filmmakers of the '60s and '70s. (Reviewed in 2003 for DVD Release)
  4. Its very existence as a film sets up expectations that wouldn't exist within a book -- another reason I'd bet that there would be more pleasure in reading the screenplay. I can't remember ever thinking that previously about a film. (1998 May 23, p. 26)
  5. Startlingly original at first, Wings of Desir' is in the end damagingly overloaded. The excesses of language, the ceaseless camera movement, the unyielding whimsy have the ultimate effect of wearing the audience down. (Review of Original Release)
  6. 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)
  7. 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)
  8. 100
    Wings is a soaring vision that appeals to the senses and the spirit. (Review of Original Release)
  9. 80
    An ingratiating West German "Heaven Can Wait." (Review of Original Release)
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. 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 watch this movie and not think deeply about our deepest desires and goals on earth and about what humanity means. Full Review »
  2. 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. 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 »
  3. PatrickD.
    Mar 26, 2006
    10
    Amazing and inspirational!