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Universal acclaim- based on 22 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 2 out of 22
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  1. Apr 25, 2015
    This review contains spoilers, click expand 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

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 80
    An ingratiating West German "Heaven Can Wait." (Review of Original Release)
  2. 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.
  3. 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)