The Face Of An Angel (2015) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Face Of An Angel (2015)



Critic Consensus: The Face of an Angel finds director Michael Winterbottom in pursuit of ideas that remain frustratingly diffuse and agonizingly out of his grasp.

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Both a journalist and a documentary filmmaker chase the story of a murder and its prime suspect.

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Daniel Brühl
as Thomas, Thomas Lang
Kate Beckinsale
as Simone Ford
Rosie Fellner
as Katherine
Genevieve Gaunt
as Jessica Fuller
Sai Bennett
as Elizabeth Pryce
Ranieri Menicori
as Carlo Elias
Ranieri Meniconi
as Carlo Elias
Andrea Tidona
as Alberto Baldini
Peter Sullivan
as Elizabeth's Father
Roberta Cartocci
as Maria Argento
Rufus Wright
as William
Lucy Cohu
as Caroline
Barbie Latza Nadeau
as Television Reporter
Anna Gigante
as Forensic Scientist
Anjella Mackintosh
as Documentary Narrator
Paolo Lombardi
as Tourist Guide
Luigi DeMossi
as Jessica's Lawyer
Bernarda Valente
as Jessica's Lawyer
Alice Morgan
as Jessica's Mother
Danielle Mary Wilskow
as Elizabeth's Mother
Marc Richardson
as Elizabeth's Brother
Aliya Raphael
as Elizabeth's Sister
Antonio DiGiammarco
as Jessica's Step Father
Lavinia Parissi
as Carlo's Step Mother
Enrico DeMartino
as Trial Judge
Nick Pisa
as Television Reporter
Carlotta Lettieri
as Italian Journalist
Federico Fornai
as Italian Journalist
Roberta Viola Schirru
as Baldini's Secretary
Henry Emehel Chinedu
as Cedric Bapupa
Concettina Graziadio
as Carlo's Lawyer
Tommaso Rustici
as Hotel Receptionist
Tullio Zanchi
as Appeal Judge
Andrea Mugnaini
as Joseph Doma
Giulia Alagna
as Documentary Fixer
Molepo Tamisanqa
as Drug Dealer
Michele Dei
as Forensic Scientist
Luca Grieco
as Stephano
Andrew Crossley
as Simone's Son
Samuele Colungi
as Boy in Rimini
Massimo Onofrio
as Motel Receptionist
Stefano Negri
as Lecturer
Alexander Ananasso
as Hotel Receptionist
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Critic Reviews for The Face Of An Angel

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (30)

Occasionally Winterbottom delivers a haunting, effective moment, giving a hint of a different, more compelling film. But then it's back to the self-righteous, self-indulgent, muddled metaphors.

August 14, 2015 | Rating: 2/4

The film does occasionally show a pulse when it tries to re-imagine the life of the victim - when it turns the tables on the mystery and tries to become a film about love and life, instead of doom and death. But it's too little, too late, and too lame.

June 20, 2015

To get at the heart of what's wrong with "The Face of an Angel" all you need to do is consider the professional stones it takes to adapt the Amanda Knox case into yet another movie about the existential/amorous crises of a white male filmmaker.

June 19, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

There's a great deal of intelligent material here. Winterbottom mounts a harsh attack on our fascination with killers and our tendency to forget the victim. Yet it's overlaid with so much navel-gazing, it's hard to take.

June 19, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Rambling, frustrating and wholly uninvolving, "The Face of an Angel" swarms with ideas that have no place to land.

June 19, 2015 | Full Review…

Like the floundering filmmaker at its center, "The Face of an Angel" never seems sure of what story it wants to tell.

June 18, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Face Of An Angel

For his next movie, Thomas(Daniel Bruhl) travels to Italy to research the trial of a young college student accused of killing her roommate in the historic city of Siena. His first contact is Simone Ford(Kate Beckinsale) who wrote the first book on the subject. Her only regret is that she missed on a chance to test drive a Maserati. She provides Thomas an introduction to tabloid reporters covering the trial. With "The Face of an Angel," director Michael Winterbottom takes a barely fictional look at the Amanda Knox trial in Italy(he changes the names and setting but otherwise keeps all of the details intact), just as Thomas is told twice in the movie to tell a fictionalized version of the story. (I hope Thomas is not based on Winterbottom as boy is Thomas screwed up, snorting a ton of cocaine in the film.) While concerning various and sundry theories, Winterbottom just throws up his hands by not settling on any of them, framing that in a discussion of Dante's Divine Comedy as a way of contemplating the unknowable.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

I see where Winterbottom and screenwriter Paul Viragh want to go with this film - I get the point and I admire them for pushing the envelope like this -, but it is hard to shake the feeling that their many unripe ideas result in a sort of mixed bag that is not entirely satisfying.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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