patti-diphusa,Bad Education [DVD] [1900] [Spanish] [Region 1], Volver [DVD] [Subtitled], Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown [DVD] [] [1993] [Region 1], Law of Desire, The Flower of My Secret

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"[A] voluptuous experience that invites you to gorge on its beauty and vitality."New York Times "Garcia Bernal exhibits a willingness to be daring. He also is a prodigious talent..."USA Today "[The] director is unsparing in depicting all the corruption that the passionate are prone to. It's tough stuff, and it's another great achievement by a filmmaker on a roll." Premiere "It's a film noir that grows more potent as its secrets are revealed." Entertainment Weekly "Garcia Bernal, in and out of drag, gives a juicy, jolting performance....He is the corrupt soul of a mesmeric movie that offers temptations impossible to resist." Rolling Stone "Almodovar is at his most breathtakingly complex and mature..."Los Angeles Times "Almodovar wants to intrigue and entertain us, and he certainly does, proving along the way that Gael Garcia Bernal has the same kind of screen presence that Antonio Banderas brought to Almodovar's earlier movies."Chicago Sun-Times36.81698

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5 stars out of 5 -- "VOLVER finds Spain's favorite cinematic son Pedro Almodovar at the peak of his powers. Not only that, but he extracts a career-best performance from Penelope Cruz." Box Office 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] story saturated with Almodovar's love and compassion for women of all shapes, sizes and sentiments; a hearty tribute to the Spanish maestro's rural La Mancha roots..." Total Film "VOLVER has the convivial aspect of a family reunion..."Sight and Sound 4 stars out of 4 -- "Cruz vindicates herself in dazzling style as a domestic goddess par excellence."Sight and Sound "Penelope Cruz comes into her own as an actress, being gorgeous and gritty, alive and thrilling."Rolling Stone 4 stars out of 4 -- "With the help of six extraordinary actresses...Almodovar crafts one of the year's best films....VOLVER is Almodovar's passionate tribute to the community of women -- living and dead -- who nurtured him."Rolling Stone "The movie opens as borderline Hitchcock, echoing the tone of the filmmaker's bravura BAD EDUCATION....Almodovar rips the rug out from under the audience in a most delightful way." -- Grade: BEntertainment Weekly "[T]he most significant reunion in VOLVER is the one that takes place between the filmmaker and actress who has best embodied his feminine ideal: Carmen Maura....An effective example of purely fictional filmmaking, grounded in script and performance."Film Comment "It draws you in, invites you to linger and makes you eager to return. It offers something better than realism."New York Times Included in Premiere's "10 Best Movies Of The Year" -- "[I]t's a nuanced slow-burner with near-endless resonance."Premiere Ranked #4 in Rolling Stone's "The 10 Best Movies Of 2006" -- "[N]o one rivals Pedro Almodovar for speaking the language of love in all its permutations..."Rolling Stone Ranked #9 in Film Comment's "20 Best Films Of 2006."Film Comment 4 stars out of 5 -- "VOLVER is a vibrant, dazzling film that will surprise with each of its unexpected plot turns."Ultimate DVD 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Penelope Cruz's acting rises to a new level....This cruises on a full tank..."USA Today "Penelope Cruz is dazzling, passionate, witty, mercurial and yet unshakably grounded as Raimunda..."Wall Street Journal36.81698

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"...A cleverly choreographed, slick and nicely observed comedy of manners..." Sight and Sound "...[A] most entertaining, deliberately benign new Spanish farce....Fiendishly funny..." New York Times Included in The New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1988" New York Times "...Rossy de Palma is startling....And there is a spectacularly fine shot of Maria Barranco..."Film Comment "...A funny movie full of sly comic touches....Bernardo Bonezzi's energetic score is as amusing as everything else in the film..." Los Angeles Times36.81698

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"...There's substance as well as style here. Almodovar opens your eyes first, then he knocks them out..." Rolling Stone "...An entertaining jumble....Almodovar works best when he is setting these lively characters in motion..." New York Times "...LAW OF DESIRE is truly bravura in its driving pace and nonchalant tone. Almodovar directs like a crack race driver who is fearless of the sharpest curves..." Los Angeles Times36.81698

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"...[A] darkly comic and uncommonly tender tale..." Rolling Stone "...Deliberately finer-grained and more mature....Marisa Paredes gives a performance of great interior power..." Sight and Sound "...[Almodovar] returns to form....As tart as ever..." -- Rating: B+ Entertainment Weekly "...It's Almodovar's most committed work in years..." -- 3 out of 4 stars USA Today "...Propelled by stellar performances and a script that resonates with intelligence, subtlety and surprises..." Variety "...For Almodovar color is a wholly serious index to the soul, which is more unguardedly on display here than ever before in his work..." Film Comment36.81698

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"...Emotionally satisfying and brilliantly played....[The film's] witty script focuses on the characters' stoic resilience and good humor..." Variety "...The best foreign movie of the year....A unique and unforgettable tribute to female solidarity..." Rolling Stone "...[The film] dramatises a general condition with formal elegance, nuanced observations and emotional resonance..." Sight and Sound "...Almodvar's masterwork, a synthesis of the director's fabulous fetishes..." -- Rating: A Entertainment Weekly "...It weaves life and art into a rich tapestry of love, loss and compassion..." New York Times "...Almodovar creates an impressively rich, evocative film replete with uniformly fine performances..." -- 4 out of 5 stars Box Office "...Mothers definitely get their due here....There is certainly an array of outrageous characters..."USA Today36.81698

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"[T]horoughly engrossing....Rodrigo Prieto's cinematography is exquisite from the volcanic landscapes of Lanzarote to the many finely appointed interiors."Hollywood Reporter 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he film's full of fine performances -- not least Cruz....There's much to enjoy here..."Total Film "It's hot-blooded, haunting and totally embraceable."Rolling Stone "As a film that pays tribute to vintage '50s Hollywood, BROKEN EMBRACES is a visual delight."USA Today "[A] film that serves as a love letter to the movies, and a demonstration of the medium's mysterious power....Mr. Almodovar always loves to play games, thicken textures, keeps us enthralled by keeping us guessing."Wall Street Journal 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Cruz exudes a sensual aura of mystery that holds you spellbound."Rolling Stone "The visual and aural textures are lush and sensual, as we've come to expect from Mr. Almodovar, and yet the rich colors and deep sonorities somehow illuminate an unusually austere emotional terrain."New York Times "BROKEN EMBRACES welds Douglas Sirk melodrama to the most gracefully unsettling elements of Alfred Hitchcock, wrapping both in the stylish, hushed elegance that's become Almodovar's trademark since his mid-'90s reinvention." -- Grade: A-A.V. Club "A vibrant, mature love letter to the making of movies, the meaning of movies, and the dark-eyed muse Penelope Cruz..." -- Grade: A-Entertainment Weekly 4 stars out of 5 -- "[R]avishing to watch. It's a sheer indulgence for Almodvar and just as indulgent for his fans."Box Office "The writer-director is up to his old tricks, creating an onion of an experience -- a movie within a movie within a movie, irony in each layer, poignancy that stings and whimsy that bites."Los Angeles Times 4 stars out of 4 -- "BROKEN EMBRACES is a voluptuary of a film, drunk on primary colors, caressing Penelope Cruz, using the devices of Hitchcock to distract us with surfaces while the sinister uncoils beneath."Chicago Sun-Times Included in Chicago Sun-Times's "The Best Foreign Films Of 2009" -- "Dripping with primary colors, especially red, this is the year's most sumptuous film."Chicago Sun-Times "This is Cruz and Almodovar's fourth movie together, and it's a dizzyingly intricate genre-bender that expands upon the Spanish auteur's recurring obsession with movie love..."Washington Post 3 stars out of 5 -- "The film takes in an opulently shot interlude on Lanzarote, as well as nods to Hitchcock...Warhol's paintings and Almodovar's own early style."Uncut36.81698

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"[T]horoughly engrossing....Rodrigo Prieto's cinematography is exquisite from the volcanic landscapes of Lanzarote to the many finely appointed interiors."Hollywood Reporter 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he film's full of fine performances -- not least Cruz....There's much to enjoy here..."Total Film "It's hot-blooded, haunting and totally embraceable."Rolling Stone "As a film that pays tribute to vintage '50s Hollywood, BROKEN EMBRACES is a visual delight."USA Today "[A] film that serves as a love letter to the movies, and a demonstration of the medium's mysterious power....Mr. Almodovar always loves to play games, thicken textures, keeps us enthralled by keeping us guessing."Wall Street Journal 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Cruz exudes a sensual aura of mystery that holds you spellbound."Rolling Stone "The visual and aural textures are lush and sensual, as we've come to expect from Mr. Almodovar, and yet the rich colors and deep sonorities somehow illuminate an unusually austere emotional terrain."New York Times "BROKEN EMBRACES welds Douglas Sirk melodrama to the most gracefully unsettling elements of Alfred Hitchcock, wrapping both in the stylish, hushed elegance that's become Almodovar's trademark since his mid-'90s reinvention." -- Grade: A-A.V. Club "A vibrant, mature love letter to the making of movies, the meaning of movies, and the dark-eyed muse Penelope Cruz..." -- Grade: A-Entertainment Weekly 4 stars out of 5 -- "[R]avishing to watch. It's a sheer indulgence for Almodvar and just as indulgent for his fans."Box Office "The writer-director is up to his old tricks, creating an onion of an experience -- a movie within a movie within a movie, irony in each layer, poignancy that stings and whimsy that bites."Los Angeles Times 4 stars out of 4 -- "BROKEN EMBRACES is a voluptuary of a film, drunk on primary colors, caressing Penelope Cruz, using the devices of Hitchcock to distract us with surfaces while the sinister uncoils beneath."Chicago Sun-Times Included in Chicago Sun-Times's "The Best Foreign Films Of 2009" -- "Dripping with primary colors, especially red, this is the year's most sumptuous film."Chicago Sun-Times "This is Cruz and Almodovar's fourth movie together, and it's a dizzyingly intricate genre-bender that expands upon the Spanish auteur's recurring obsession with movie love..."Washington Post 3 stars out of 5 -- "The film takes in an opulently shot interlude on Lanzarote, as well as nods to Hitchcock...Warhol's paintings and Almodovar's own early style."Uncut36.81698

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"...It's Camara's tour de force performance that anchors the film....TALK TO HER goes beyond tears. It's unmissable and unforgettable..." Rolling Stone "...Dazzling....This is a complex, beautiful film that is, in the end, more warming than chilling, one that people will be talking about for a long time to come..." Premiere "...Dense and deeply touching....It's the most mature work this director has ever brought to the screen..." New York Times "...Heartfelt....The film moves slowly and deliberately, remaining captivating from the moving dance performance at the beginning to the devastating conclusion..." USA Today "...The movie is visually gorgeous, and daring, too..." Entertainment Weekly "...TALK TO HER is very much a subversive film, one that takes its time creeping in under your skin. But once there, it's determined to stay awhile, to entice the mind into playing seditious games..." Los Angeles Times36.81698

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5 stars out of 5 -- "VOLVER finds Spain's favorite cinematic son Pedro Almodovar at the peak of his powers. Not only that, but he extracts a career-best performance from Penelope Cruz." Box Office 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] story saturated with Almodovar's love and compassion for women of all shapes, sizes and sentiments; a hearty tribute to the Spanish maestro's rural La Mancha roots..." Total Film "VOLVER has the convivial aspect of a family reunion..."Sight and Sound 4 stars out of 4 -- "Cruz vindicates herself in dazzling style as a domestic goddess par excellence."Sight and Sound "Penelope Cruz comes into her own as an actress, being gorgeous and gritty, alive and thrilling."Rolling Stone 4 stars out of 4 -- "With the help of six extraordinary actresses...Almodovar crafts one of the year's best films....VOLVER is Almodovar's passionate tribute to the community of women -- living and dead -- who nurtured him."Rolling Stone "The movie opens as borderline Hitchcock, echoing the tone of the filmmaker's bravura BAD EDUCATION....Almodovar rips the rug out from under the audience in a most delightful way." -- Grade: BEntertainment Weekly "[T]he most significant reunion in VOLVER is the one that takes place between the filmmaker and actress who has best embodied his feminine ideal: Carmen Maura....An effective example of purely fictional filmmaking, grounded in script and performance."Film Comment "It draws you in, invites you to linger and makes you eager to return. It offers something better than realism."New York Times Included in Premiere's "10 Best Movies Of The Year" -- "[I]t's a nuanced slow-burner with near-endless resonance."Premiere Ranked #4 in Rolling Stone's "The 10 Best Movies Of 2006" -- "[N]o one rivals Pedro Almodovar for speaking the language of love in all its permutations..."Rolling Stone Ranked #9 in Film Comment's "20 Best Films Of 2006."Film Comment 4 stars out of 5 -- "VOLVER is a vibrant, dazzling film that will surprise with each of its unexpected plot turns."Ultimate DVD 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Penelope Cruz's acting rises to a new level....This cruises on a full tank..."USA Today "Penelope Cruz is dazzling, passionate, witty, mercurial and yet unshakably grounded as Raimunda..."Wall Street Journal36.81698

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