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2.73

Awesome: 8.33%
Worth A Look: 15%
Average33.33%
Pretty Bad: 28.33%
Total Crap: 15%

4 reviews, 36 user ratings


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Angel Eyes (2001)
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by Charles Tatum

"Watery Eyes"
3 stars

This is the kind of film that is impossible to categorize, and by the time you do, you realize there has been a vast Hollywood conspiracy to fool you, the viewer.

Jennifer Lopez is a tough as Lee Press-On Nails cop named Sharon. She is the butt (tee-hee) of sexual harassment from all the chauvinist pigs (sorry) she works with. She is running down some stereotypical Chicago street scum when a mysterious man saves her life. His name is Catch (Jim Caviezel), and he wears a long coat and mopes around the streets mysteriously.

Sharon and Catch begin a tentative love affair, despite the fact that they refuse to let each other into their respective lives. Catch is the aforementioned mysterian without a past, and Sharon is dealing with her mom-beating dad and her wife-beating brother. The two have a lot of fights, and a lot of apology scenes. Most of the film has them treading on egg shells around each other, until the very good climax, when all the truth comes out, and the couple must decide if they can handle the emotional baggage.

With an awful title like "Angel Eyes," you might expect something supernatural along the lines of "City of Angels" or even "The Sixth Sense." Wrong. The video box would lead you back to the whole angel angle. Wrong. I found this video in the "ACTION" section of my video store. Wrong. Not knowing anything about the movie might explain its quick death at the box office, the studio just did not know how to market the thing.

Luis Mandoki's direction is very good, despite a couple of show off angles. The script moves at a leisurely pace, although you will probably figure out Chance's big problem with the opening scenes. The best scenes involve the climax, the worst involve Lopez trying to be street smart.

Jennifer Lopez, who I really do not mind except when she is on VH-1 twenty four hours a day, runs hot and cold here. Her scenes with her dysfunctional family are well done and believable. Whoever decided that timeless Sonia Braga should play her mother and the intense Jeremy Sisto should play her brother should get a bonus paycheck. Both look like Lopez, and I totally believed they could be in the same family. Lopez's scenes where she banters with her cop buddies are sad. She seems ill at ease, and so do these boorish characters who were old thirty years ago. Caviezel does not seem to wake up until the end of the picture, his "mysterious nature" could be mistaken for boredom.

Lopez and Caviezel have a nice chemistry, but by the time I realized this was a chick flick with profanity and gun play, it was too late. The main focus on Sharon, instead of Catch, is all wrong.

Despite a well acted finale and nice direction, "Angel Eyes" fails to deliver because it never could decide what it wants to be.

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User Comments

1/28/07 David Pollastrini not great, not terrible 3 stars
10/03/06 Lisa Craven Entertaining and just okay 3 stars
8/03/06 Nicole Story line was not totally played out, was off a bit 2 stars
4/10/05 Cheryl Mayfield Jeez, will Jennifer Lopez ever be good again like in THE WEDDING SINGER? 2 stars
7/21/04 carmen greene i adore this movie and jim performance 5 stars
3/27/04 Nicole omg you guys are so rude! Ok ediots lets see you act..stupid ediots..i love this movie 5 stars
11/04/03 Roland If you haven't experienced deep emotional pain you probably didn't feel this movie. 4 stars
10/25/03 R.W. Welch Thinly disguised soaper seems slightly off key most of the time. Acting only passable. 2 stars
6/04/03 Charles Tatum What is this? 3 stars
4/10/03 Jay Lowe I really get some crap since Jennifer Lopez chose a name that sounds just like mine. 2 stars
3/12/03 Anna I never seen the movie, but since it has J-HOE in it, it;s GOTTA suck! 1 stars
2/08/03 Jack Sommersby I kinda liked this, too, Charles -- even with the overemployed Lopez in it! 3 stars
11/14/02 MGT Is is j-lows 15 minutes up yet???? Pure fecal matter 1 stars
10/15/02 Cheryl Mayfield Jeez, will Jennifer Lopez ever be good again like in THE WEDDING SINGER? 2 stars
4/03/02 Aimee Dallaire I loved it!! 5 stars
2/04/02 KMG Lopez can't act...plain and simple. And Caviezel...why does he take this shit? 3 stars
12/24/01 Renoluck sentimental and interesting 4 stars
11/29/01 Amy Genuine performance by Lopez. Too honest for the movie going public. 4 stars
11/26/01 Tam Having trouble getting to sleep? Watch this. 2 stars
10/11/01 daniboy I really don't get why they let this woman act. caviezel's second awful movie in a row. 2 stars
9/29/01 R.S.S "Total Crap" doesn't even describe it. Go about 5 levels lower. 1 stars
6/22/01 WOW! suckie suckie, worthless than five dolla! 1 stars
6/15/01 Super Nintendo Chalmers I was dragged to the theater to see this lame, pitiful hogwash. What a waste. 2 stars
6/10/01 J White Terrible move for Lopez, Lopez needs a role and a co-star that synergizes her assets. 1 stars
6/05/01 Psyko Doug You think there is going to be some cool plot twist...but there isn't. Predictable. 3 stars
6/02/01 Jim "J-Lo" WAKE UP PEOPLE SHE CAN'T SING OR ACT!!!fuckin' geesh 1 stars
5/30/01 gloria boring slow moving, waste of time and money. 2 stars
5/30/01 Thrillhouse 5 words for this movie: THIS MOVIE SUCKED MAJOR ASS! BTW, J-Lo gets it! 1 stars
5/28/01 taera lea a plotless romance with overly dramatic undertones 1 stars
5/26/01 Jim JoLo continuing her Selena role. The definition f sucks all ass 1 stars
5/24/01 JB Deep shit, great actors, some cheese, yet very touching. 5 stars
5/24/01 Rampage this was worse than The Cell and Wedding Planner 2 stars
5/23/01 Beebee Sorry, I liked it in spite of the loose ends and weaknesses 3 stars
5/20/01 astrotart Pretty lame movie....but Jim Caviezel kept me awake yearning for more scenes involving him! 3 stars
5/20/01 Gary This movie rocked, JOLO is hottttt 5 stars
5/20/01 *~Danielle*Ophelia~* (formerly KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi) Memo to J-Lo: You can't dominate the top 10 AND the box office. That's just how it is. 2 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  18-May-2001 (R)
  DVD: 16-Aug-2001

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Australia
  06-Sep-2001




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