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Amores Perros (2001)



Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 111
Fresh: 102 | Rotten: 9

The brutality of Amores Perros may be difficult to watch at times, but this intense, gritty film packs a hard wallop.


Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 1

The brutality of Amores Perros may be difficult to watch at times, but this intense, gritty film packs a hard wallop.



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Three stories of life along the margins in Mexico City converge in this inventive thriller. Octavio is sharing an apartment with his brother, which leads to a serious problem when he falls in love with Susanna, his sister-in-law. Octavio and Susanna want to run away together, but Octavio has no money. He does, however, know a man who stages dog fights, and he volunteers his dog Cofi for the next round of fights. Cofi bravely rises to the occasion, but the dog's success in the ring leads to a

Sep 25, 2001


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Solidly engaging, supersized 2000 Mexican drama.

February 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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One of the most honored and most expertly articulated Mexican films of recent years.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Recalling Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction - but edgier than both - this is a hell of a first film. For all its bonecrunching savagery, it's also a fundamentally moral work.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's good and good-looking and features one of the best soundtracks in years ... but it's also slick and schematic, weak on feeling and overly indebted to Tarantino.

October 29, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly | Comment (1)
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Inarritu's talent may be derivative, but it's applied to a setting he knows well and whose vibrancy he's keen to convey.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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It's a truly prodigious piece of work, resembling a career summation far more than a maiden voyage.

June 25, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga and director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu exert such control over the story that even a cute doggie disappearance develops into a toilet-trained take on "The Telltale Heart." Warts and all, "Amores Perros" is love, actually.

September 25, 2010 Full Review Source:

Dozens of shoddy imitators have done nothing to disguise the wit of its narrative construction.

February 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Comment (1)
Antagony & Ecstasy

... it is a hyperviolent movie against violence; a graphic portrayal of infidelity in the name of marriage; a tale of murderous sibling rivalry in the name of family.

September 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

Amores Perros signals the bold, audacious, fiercely human and ultra-violent feature directorial debut of Inarritu, a gifted Mexican director bound to make a mark on international cinema.

September 19, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Gonzalez Inarritu's sinfully enjoyable epic roars in on a wave of blood, gunshots and dog barks.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

It is that rarest of features that shows a deep understanding of people, truly cinematic storytelling technique and brilliantly choreographed fight and chase scenes.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A harrowing, powerful and often disturbing movie about three seemingly unrelated stories that collide after one horrific car accident in Mexico City.

December 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Seemingly uneven, Questionably overlong, Indisputably intriguing

November 16, 2003 Full Review Source:

It is a raw, intermittently brilliant film that heralds a sort of renaissance in Mexican film.

November 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Astonishingly powerful debut film from director Inarritu - brilliantly shot, superbly acted and deeply heartfelt, this is one of the best films of the year.

October 30, 2002 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

A good and extremely ambitious first effort.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Fresh, shocking, violent, romantic, profane and profound, Amores Perros is a revelation, a jolt of cinematic power and a bracing act of faith.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

The biggest strength of Amores Perros is its display of humanity at its worst when it is driven by primal attachments.

July 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Directed with energy and ferocity by eye-opening newcomer Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu.

July 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Amores Perros es una cinta capaz de pegarnos intensamente en la mirada pero también en el espíritu.

May 25, 2002

Audience Reviews for Amores Perros

A 'Pulp Fiction'-esque film dealing with several characters and how they are all interconnected amongst the dirty, bleak streets of Mexico City, where dogfighting is common and how a vicious car crash wrecks the lives of those involved. Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is a very skilled director whose stories are usually intense and very dramatic, and this is as big and successful and opening film as any director out there has ever had. The way he weaves his stories together despite starting them out completely separate from each other, combined with how he paces his film and makes 150 minutes seem like an hour and a half film, is nothing short of incredible. There are a few instances of over-acting and a few questionable turns in the story, but asides from this is an absolutely gripping piece of cinema that must not go unseen.
February 20, 2013
Dan Schultz

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After a dog-fighter crashes into a supermodel, the film depicts each person's story.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's films never surpassed this, his first effort. An extraordinarily well-told story, Amores Perros reaches the Altman Standard for intersecting stories. Linked by the themes of love and dogs and love of dogs, each story is compelling in its own way, especially the final chapter, which takes advantage of a phenomenal performance by Emilio Echeverria.
What I found disappointing was the ending of the second story, which seemed to come to a depressing conclusion without substance. The same can be said of the first story's ending, but the final moments of the film, which conclude the third story, make up for many of the film's deficiencies as a whole.
Overall, Amores Perros is a fantastic debut for a rightfully internationally acclaimed filmmaker.
December 6, 2012
Jim Hunter

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Love's A Bitch is a multi-layered and well-articulated mock to humanity's understanding of loyalty. Violent and profound. Aggressive and cruel. Prodigious.
September 10, 2011
Jan Marc Macababayao

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