For me it felt like a good many weeks at a politically correct summer camp.
After a while, I just got tired of all of the overly cute twists and turns in the plot. Some of the acting is good, but that's about it.
| Original Score: 2/4
One of the best films of the Spanish director, whose films present a Tennessee Williams sensibility in the visual style of a 1950s Universal-International tearjerker.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
An exquisitely constructed melodrama.
Gay filmmakers like Almodóvar may be providing a last refuge for decent parts for women, and for wholehearted melodrama in our hyperironic age.
This film is as close to a masterpiece as the director has ever produced.
| Original Score: A-
Succeeds in a number of gentle, gratifying ways.
| Original Score: A
A weepie movie with a brainy sensibility, an open heart, and a wicked sense of humor.
Nothing short of a triumph.
All About My Mother is a wonderful Mother's Day card, in any language.
| Original Score: 4/4
It displays a depth and maturity lacking in Almodóvar's earlier work.
Both an expansion of Almodovar's famous candy-colored vision and a maturation of his ingenious directorial style.
By the time I'd left the theater, I was in love and wanted to see it again.
One must give Almodóvar credit for getting his voice heard in the mainstream while keeping his artististic integrity intact.
| Original Score: B+
A satisfying emotional journey.
| Original Score: 9/10
A salute to the enormous fierceness, resolve, and strength it takes to be a nurturing person.
Few melodramas with such tragic underpinnings have ever made me feel so intensely happy.
All About My Mother is the achieved synthesis of the whole Almodovariety show, a new genre -- part farce, part weepie, low camp and high melodrama, caustic yet heartwarming, humanist and programmatically gender-blurring.
[Almodovar's] expressionism and his screenwriting have always had fun together, but now there is a kind of faith and spirituality that sexcapades like Laws of Desire and Kika only laughed at.
It's 1999's best foreign language film.
| Original Score: 10/10
Almodovar has called his near-unique creations 'screwball drama.' This finds him working at his best.