City of Angels (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

City of Angels1998

City of Angels (1998)



Critic 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.

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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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Meg Ryan
as Maggie
Dennis Franz
as Messinger
Colm Feore
as Jordan
Rhonda Dotson
as Susan's Mother
John Putch
as Man in Car
Lauri Johnson
as Woman in Car
Christian Aubert
as Foreign Visitor in Car
Jay Patterson
as Air Traffic Controller
Shishir Kurup
as Anesthesiologist
Brian Markinson
as Surgical Fellow
Hector Velasquez
as Scrub Nurse
Marlene Kanter
as Circulating Nurse
Bernard White
as Circulating Nurse
Dan Desmond
as Mr. Balford
Deirdre O'Connell
as Mrs. Balford
Kim Murphy
as Balford's Daughter
Chad Lindberg
as Balfords' Son
Alexander Folk
as Convenience Store Clerk
Rainbow Borden
as Hold-Up Man
Harper Roisman
as Old Man in Library
Sid Hillman
as Librarian
Wanda Lee Evans
as Nurse in Messinger's Room
Wanda Christine
as Station Nurse
E.J. Callahan
as Waiter at Johnnie's
Tudi Roche
as Messinger's Daughter
David Moreland
as Husband Frank
Stan Davis
as Construction Foreman
Mik Scriba
as Construction Worker
Nick Offerman
as Construction Worker
Kieu Chinh
as Asian Woman
Geoffrey A. Thorne
as Big Orderly
Peter Spellos
as Mac Truck Driver
Jim Kline
as Store Clerk
Cherene Snow
as Woman Sewing
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Critic Reviews for City of Angels

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (21)

Glossy romance as an angel falls for a surgeon.

December 22, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

April 27, 2007 | Full Review…

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.

June 1, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
Top Critic

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.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

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.

June 18, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A lovely oddity.

April 12, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for City of Angels

A reinterpretation of the German film 'Wings of Desire', plot of the movie revolves around romance and spirituality. More than often movies of similar genre run the risk of side-stepping in to the lame zone of overwrought melodrama. But director(Brad Siberling) does a pretty decent job here without over-polishing the sentiments or pushing too hard for tears. Although its climax will tug hard at your heart strings, when tragedy strikes it's unexpected and makes it very effective. Credit also should be given to the performance of the lead pair. Nicole Cage, with that soulful eyes and soft-spoken gestures, gives one of his most sublime performances. And Meg Ryan, shedding her customary perky girl image, proves that she is so much more than just a pretty face.

Sajin P A
Sajin P A

Super Reviewer


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 acting! Angels are among us and when we feel an invisible presence, you better believe they are watching you. For a Los Angeles heart surgeon named Maggie, that is too much of a stretch. She believes that it is her job to save the lifes of her patients and when she meets Seth after visiting hours are over, he tells her it's simply just their time to go. She becomes intrigued by his presence and opinion. Seth is not just normal, he is an Angel. He meets Messinger while visiting patients. Messinger can see him because he was once a Angel but gave his power up to become human. This makes Seth want to become human so he can feel, smell, and love Maggie.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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 could use some prayer though.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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