Angel Eyes, a romantic thriller of more than usual ineptitude, asks the question: Is Jennifer Lopez reason enough to see any movie she's in? Well, not exactly. Aside from Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight, Lopez has mostly been trapped in garbage, be it pop (Anaconda) or pretentious (The Cell). But J.Lo has something the camera loves: an emotional directness that can cut through slick muck such as The Wedding Planner. Here, Lopez plays Sharon Pogue, a hard-nosed Chicago cop who takes up with Catch (bug-eyed Jim Caviezel of The Thin Red Line), a mystery man who comes to her rescue. There's more than a sexual link between the two, but why spoil one of the few surprises in the script by Gerald DiPego. Despite evocative cinematography from Polish master Piotr Sobocinski (Krzysztof Kieslowski's Red), who died in March at forty-three, Mexican director Luis Mandoki (Message in a Bottle) lets another film drown in the tear-jerker tide.
From The Archives Issue 294: June 28, 1979