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El Angel(El Ángel)

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Argentina, Spain
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2018

1h 55m

Director Luis Ortega
Starring Lorenzo Ferro, Chino Darín, Mercedes Morán, Daniel Fanego

Genre Crime, Drama

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Buenos Aires, 1971. Carlitos is a seventeen-year-old thief movie star swagger, blond curls, and a baby face. When he meets Ramon at his new school, Carlitos is immediately drawn to him and starts showing off to get his attention. Together they will embark on a journey of discovery, love and crime.

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L.A. Weekly by Alan Scherstuhl

El Angel is a crime spree as improvised reverie, one with a subject who is as quick to give away his loot as the director is to make the subtext explicit.
50

The New York Times by Ben Kenigsberg

Carlitos’s sole reason for living is moving from one transgression to the next. The same might be said of the movie, which superficially probes his amorality while exploiting it for slick thrills.
75

Slant Magazine by Diego Semerene

El Angel‘s greatest accomplishment is in the way it charges the relationships between characters with so much eroticism but never grants us the right to watch desire — other than desire for violence — actually unfold.
60

Variety by Jessica Kiang

Ortega shows more interest in the how than the why. He mines the scenes of violence for black comedy, rendering the bloodletting anticlimactic and the victims largely irrelevant, and Ferro’s baby-faced, bright eyed disingenuity suits that agenda perfectly.
70

Los Angeles Times by Katie Walsh

El Angel doesn’t offer any concrete answers, and though it paints a vivid portrait of this real-life devil, the fact is that ultimately, we end up seduced by him as well.
60

The Hollywood Reporter by Stephen Dalton

While Angel brings little new to the lexicon of serial killer biopics, it hits the target as an effortlessly palatable aesthetic experience, more shiny period pageant than probing character study.
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Uproxx by Vince Mancini

The Angel is funny as hell, outrageous without feeling sensational, visually beautiful, and immensely enjoyable as unpredictable eye candy. It’s one of those movies that’s so fun that it ends up feeling much shorter than it actually is.

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