Owen Gleiberman
May 23, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Angel-A

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
90 minutes
Limited Release Date
05/25/07
performer
Jamel Debbouze, Rie Rasmussen
director
Luc Besson
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
author
Luc Besson
genre
Romance, Comedy

We gave it a D-

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-

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