• Jason Wilson

    ★★★★ Watched by Jason Wilson 05 Feb, 2016

    Juggles a lot of threads, but they mostly all come together in the end very well. Cruz is outstanding and is more than deserving of the praise she received for this movie.

    It's a masterclass in how to merge tones. At first it's a quirky family drama about loss. Then it turns into an almost Hitchcockian thriller from how it's shot to the noir-ish score accompanying it. Then it's almost a screwball comedy when Raimunda (Cruz) hides something in a…

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  • Sean Curley

    ★★★½ Watched by Sean Curley 04 Feb, 2016

    My first experience with the work of Pedro Almodovar. This is certainly an interesting film, though perhaps not quite as unique as the strange ghost story it briefly suggests itself as at the midpoint. At times the subject-matter seems to be at odds with the film's relatively light tone. Penelope Cruz is excellent in the lead role.

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  • Zach Anderson

    ★★★★ Watched by Zach Anderson 04 Feb, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Many filmmakers have made careers out of imitating Hitchcock's rigorous constructions of suspense, but Almodovar adds a dash of heightened melodrama that is his own. Almodovar's interest in Hitchcock's formalism and themes (dead mommy issues are in full force here, literally shoved under the bed) have been visible in many of the director's finest works. But Volver's explicit blend of calculated suspense with a theatrical flair feels like an especially fresh take on Hitchcock.

    The film includes many of the…

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  • pstead

    ★★★ Watched by pstead 01 Feb, 2016

    Always a pleasure to watch Penelope Cruz, especially in Spanish. Enjoyable enough drama, but the plot drifted a little too far towards implausible.

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  • kurazaybo

    ★★★★ Watched by kurazaybo 31 Jan, 2016

    Bien pudo llamarse "Enredos entre vecinas". Es una película atípica, toda Almodóvar, en la que una intriga se mezcla con el día a día de un grupo de mujeres, hermanas y amigas. Hace muchos años la madre de dos de ellas murió en un extraño incendio, el mismo día que otra cosa inexplicable sucedió.

    Es la historia de esta madre que se aparece como fantasma, años después, y trae a colación todo el resentimiento y el amor y la historia…

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  • Gary Busey

    ★★★★½ Watched by Gary Busey 07 Jan, 2016

    Volver is a feast of color, a passionately told story of familial drama and infectiously magical take on the domestic. It's a story with heavyweight dramatic elements weaved into the everyday, incorporating things like murder, deception and the afterlife with much less substantial dilemmas like scheduling conflicts or an excess of errands. His characters approach these issues not with an emphasis on the metaphysical but with common sense, an ambivalence to the idea of being overwhelmed by the seemingly tedious…

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  • IlusoCinefilo

    ★★★★★ Watched by IlusoCinefilo 22 Jan, 2016

    Destila magia y pasión en cada uno de sus fotogramas. Una película inolvidable. Almodóvar consigue su film más completo.

    Todo encaja en un guión con muchos matices. Retrato de la vida rural entremezclado con muertes y regresos de muertos. A esto hay que añadirle unos personajes impresionantes.

    Las mujeres, protagonistas de esta película, demuestran una soltura y un nivel de actuación digno de admirar. En especial, me gustaría destacar a Penélope Cruz. Aquí he podido descubrir un talento desbordante en…

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  • youbetcha

    ★★★½ Watched by youbetcha 22 Jan, 2016

    The bit with Penelope 'singing' is just too much for me, I can't deal

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  • theferalkid

    ★★★ Watched by theferalkid 21 Jan, 2016

    Definitely not the best Almodovar movie, but still quite entertaining. Loved the Hitchcock references.

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  • Lucy

    ★★★★ Watched by Lucy 25 Nov, 2015

    I was a mess on the plane because of this movie

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  • JoseIII

    ★★★★½ Watched by JoseIII 15 Jan, 2016

    The movie is a celebration of the mess called life, even if that life involves death, heartbreak, cancer, sexual assault and incest. It's a goddamn miracle how every frame of of this movie is a joy to watch.

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  • MichelleK

    ★★★★ Added by MichelleK

    Almodovar is a phenomenal director and this film only adds to his legacy.

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