Alice King
June 28, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Rumor of Angels

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
106 minutes
Limited Release Date
02/01/02
performer
Trevor Morgan, Vanessa Redgrave, Ray Liotta, Catherine McCormack
director
Peter O'Fallon
distributor
MGM
author
James Eric, Jaime Horton, Peter O'Fallon
genre
Drama

We gave it a D+

An angry, bereaved boy finds comfort in the friendship of his small town’s resident loony (Redgrave), who has endured her own loss by ”communicating” with her dead son via Morse code. (Somehow, I don’t think this treacly angels-around-us blather is what Mr. Morse had in mind.) It may not have post-mortem messaging — or six-time Oscar nominee Redgrave ”interpretive dancing” to Mozart — but 1981’s On Golden Pond presents a much more satisfying matchup of a mad-as-hell kid and the crotchety old person who helps him heal.

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