City of Angels
City of Angels (1998)

What happens when an angel falls in love with a mortal? In this Hollywoodized version of Wim Wenders' "Wings of an Angel," the romance is as longing and deferred as it was in "Sleepless in Seattle."

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 10, 1998
DVD Release Date: September 29, 1998
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: City of Angels may not tug the heartstrings as effortlessly as it aims to, but the end results will still leave more than a few viewers in tears.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Glossy romance as an angel falls for a surgeon.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Funnier than Wenders' version, and it also succeeds in visualising LA as a magical city while dealing intelligently with the themes of mortality, sacrifice, free will, and the mixed blessings of the human condition.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

The movie's eerie, slightly menacing vision of black-clad angels lurking in the shadowy corners of unsuspecting lives is genuinely haunting.

Andrew Sarris

Strains to achieve the enchantingly sublime, but ends up sinking to the depressingly ridiculous.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

My face had been locked in that goofy, awestruck expression you experience only in Spielberg movies. City of Angels demonstrates the best kind of emotionally manipulative filmmaking.

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Film4 Staff

A good deal better than it has any right to be.

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Emanuel Levy

As a remake it's not as poetic as Wenders' masterpiece Wings of Desire, but it's supremely mounted (by ace lenser John Seale) and contains touching performances from Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan deviating from their respective screen images.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

A lovely oddity.

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

An emotionally uninvolving flick that attempts to play on the heart strings of the viewer and fails in its effort.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Sajin P A
A reinterpretation of the German film 'Wings of Desire', plot of the movie revolves around romance and spirituality. More than often movies of… More
Cassie Hill
A great love story that it is touching and sad at the same time. Nicolas Cage proves once again that he is a great actor as does Meg Ryan.
Manu Gino
She didn't believe in angels until she fell in love with one. Saw it again! Excellent Movie! One of the best tragic romantic story I have ever seen. Great… More
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Kevin M. Williams
A soaring soundtrack and sweeping visuals embellish this tale, like the classic Death Takes A Holiday, of an immortal falling in love with a mortal. The script… More
Candy Rose
Romantic movie about an angel who falls in love with a doctor. He longs to become human to be with her. But their togetherness is short lived. Good cast.