A Rumor of Angels

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Released 2002

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Director:
Peter O'Fallon
Released:
2002
Rating:
PG-13
Twelve-year-old James (Trevor Morgan) is haunted by the car crash that claimed his mother's life two years earlier. Estranged from his father (Ray Liotta) and nurturing a deep hatred of his stepmother (Catherine McCormack), James is none too pleased about the prospect of spending his summer vacation at their Maine beach house. With no one his own age for company, he spends his time exploring the surrounding beaches. One day, while playing in the dunes, James accidentally breaks a fence belonging to Maddy Bennett (Vanessa Redgrave), a cranky old woman with a reputation for loony behavior. James embarks on a mission to fix the fence, and as he works, he and Maddy form a deep friendship. But when the boy's family learns of the friendship, they wrongfully blame Maddy for their own problems, prompting Maddy to react in a manner that profoundly affects the entire family.

Metacritic Score

  • 50

    Variety Emanuel Levy

    Despite good acting from the entire cast, yarn is a bit dull and predictable, straining too hard to convey its spiritual message.

  • 30

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    As A Rumor of Angels reveals itself to be a sudsy tub of supernatural hokum, not even Ms. Redgrave's noblest efforts can redeem it from hopeless sentimentality.

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times John Anderson

    The emotional aspects of the story are treated with such a heavy hand, the supernatural aspects are so vague and uninvolving, and the group dynamic is so unconvincing that one can'...

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    Soap Opera, Religion & Spirituality, Family Dramas