Angel-A (2007) Angel-A shows how director Luc Besson can be French in a way that even the French might despise. Take this awful concoction, set in a… 2007-05-25 R PT90M Comedy Romance Jamel Debbouze Rie Rasmussen Sony Pictures Classics
Movie Review

Angel-A (2007)

MPAA Rating: R
FALLEN 'ANGEL' Rasmussen teaches Debbouze that beauty's only skin deep in Besson's wholly unattractive misfire
FALLEN 'ANGEL' Rasmussen teaches Debbouze that beauty's only skin deep in Besson's wholly unattractive misfire
EW's GRADE
D-

Details Limited Release: May 25, 2007; Rated: R; Length: 90 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Romance; With: Jamel Debbouze and Rie Rasmussen; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Angel-A shows how director Luc Besson can be French in a way that even the French might despise. Take this awful concoction, set in a high-gloss Paris, in which André (Jamel Debbouze), a sawed-off Algerian loser — he's meant to be Chaplinesque, but comes off more like Luis Guzmán with heartburn — is rescued from self-hatred by his guardian supermodel (Rie Rasmussen), who's like an Aryan dominatrix out of Helmut Newton. Surely, she's the perfect messenger to deliver the news that it's the beauty inside that counts. Quel ick. And très tedious. D-

Originally posted May 22, 2007 Published in issue #936 Jun 01, 2007 Order article reprints