All About My Mother Reviews

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Ted Murphy
December 13, 2009
This film is as close to a masterpiece as the director has ever produced.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Michael Dequina
October 13, 2009
Hits a number of the right emotional buttons, due in large part to Roth's extraordinary performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
December 24, 2008
Like Almodovar's first masterpiece, Women on the Verge of Nervous Breakdown, this vivid melodrama, the auteur's second masterwork, celebrates the resilience and camaraderie of women under duress.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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TIME Magazine
August 12, 2008
It brims with life.
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August 12, 2008
It's a lovely work.
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August 12, 2008
An emotionally satisfying and brilliantly played take on the ups and (mostly) downs of a group of less-than-typical female friends.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
All About My Mother is a wonderful Mother's Day card, in any language.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
All About My Mother, for all its self-deconstruction, is played with more sobriety and conviction than any of Mr. Almodóvar's previous films.
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
July 29, 2006
Almodovar does a remarkable job of running all kinds of threads through All About My Mother, tugging on each one before he methodically ties them up.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
A weepie movie with a brainy sensibility, an open heart, and a wicked sense of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 15, 2006
An over-the-top collection of outrageous characters in improbable circumstances that all manage to interconnect, forming a film of incredible power, humor and finally beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
It displays a depth and maturity lacking in Almodóvar's earlier work.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
December 27, 2005
Each time the movie seems to be on a head-on collision with melodrama, it jumps the track and veers off toward comedy.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
April 10, 2005
Bawdy, sexual, comedic, highly emotional and full of love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Writer-director Pedro Almodovar has grown up.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
This self-styled 'screwball melodrama,' a dance of grief, comedy, coincidence and resilience -- has a genuine emotional impact unlike anything Almodovar has done before.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
An emotional film about parental love found in places where you'd least expect it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
Almodovar knows how to tug on the heartstrings, and his filmmaking skills are well-displayed. Nonetheless, some fans might come away disappointed.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
All these characters are a bit beyond the pale, but Almodovar invests them with more humanity than he has in previous films. And all of them, despite the craziness of their lives, just keep on truckin.'
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 3, 2002
Gay filmmakers like Almodóvar may be providing a last refuge for decent parts for women, and for wholehearted melodrama in our hyperironic age.

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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David Stratton
February 23, 2012
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
Almodovar has called his near-unique creations 'screwball drama.' This finds him working at his best.
Susan Granger
January 1, 2000
It's 1999's best foreign language film.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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