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Based on 8 Reviews
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  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    A captivating mix of formality, ambiguity and offbeat humor. On the surface a simple fable, it's actually much more. show more

  • 88
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    "Angélica" feels most like the film that argues Oliveira is this close to the beyond without ever bothering to knock first at death's door. show more

  • 50
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    An uneven but intriguing piece of whimsy that veers from powerfully symbolic cinematography into self parody. show more

  • 100
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    Its stunningly composed images showing how Isaac is himself something of a ghost-given to staring off into the distance, being condescended to by those around him, a man perpetually outside the times. What he needs is to take that one extra step toward his spectral siren; the scene in which he does so might be one of the most exhilarating visions of death's sweet embrace ever filmed. show more

  • 90
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    This fresh, highly original film, inspired by Oliveira's substantially different, never-filmed 1952 script, has been made with the greatest of ease and simplicity and with drollery and wit, yet its underlying impact is profoundly spiritual. show more

  • 70
    Nick Pinkerton Village Voice

    de Oliveira's film is a musical of a sort, its quietude occasionally lifted by work songs or chorales. show more

  • 70
    A.O. Scott The New York Times

    The charm of The Strange Case of Angelica lies in the way it balances this mysticism with a thoroughly secular sense of the business of everyday life. show more

  • 75
    Noel Murray The A.V. Club

    Too shaggy at times, with digressions into science and history that come out flat and awkward. But there's a sweet, unshakeable poetry in the main idea of the film. show more

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