Michael

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New Line Cinema Released 1996

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Director:
Nora Ephron
Released:
1996
Rating:
PG

Michael is the cult favorite 1996 fantasy comedy from romantic comedy specialist Nora Ephron (You've Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, Julia and Julia, When Harry Met Sally). A cynical reporter, greedy tabloid owner and a fake paranormal expert check out the wild tip that an archangel is living with a little old lady, that might be as unstable as her story sounds. It turns out that an angel really is visiting earth. John Travolta (Saturday Night Fever, Blow Out, The Taking of Pelham 123, Look Who's Talking) plays archangel Michael; although charming, he is also untidy, a little over weight, seedy and womanizing. Heaven sent? Featuring an all star cast including Willam Hurt (Broadcast News, A History of Violence, The Incredible Hulk, Robin Hood), Andie McDowell (Multiplicity, Groundhog Day), Robert Pastorelli (Eraser) and Bob Hoskins (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Enemy at the Gates, Mermaids, Hook).

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Director Nora Ephron and her co-writers, sister Delia plus Pete Dexter and Jim Quinlan (the latter two wrote the original story), bring a smart contemporary sensibility to the hoku...

  • 60

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The movie is so busy applying cute touches to everything and everybody that it forgets to devote enough attention to the souls Michael has come down to save.

  • 30

    Variety Emanuel Levy

    John Travolta's charismatic screen presence is the only element that propels Michael over its rough narrative spots and scattered direction.

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    Romantic Comedy, 90s