Amores Perros (2001)

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


Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for violence/gore, language and sexuality)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Guillermo Arriaga Jordan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 25, 2001
Box Office: $4.9M
Runtime:
Lions Gate Films - Official Site

Cast


as Valeria

as Susana's Mother

as Octavio's Mother

as Leonardo

as Julieta

as Andres Salgado

as El Chispas

as Baby Rodrigo

as TV Announcer

as TV Announcer

as Man at Junkyard

as Luis's Mistress

as Champignon

as Daniel's Secretary

as Man at Meeting

as Woman at Meeting

as Judicial Police Agen...

as Boy Caretaker 1

as Boy Caretaker 2
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Critic Reviews for Amores Perros

All Critics (117) | Top Critics (34)

Solidly engaging, supersized 2000 Mexican drama.

Full Review… | February 8, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

One of the most honored and most expertly articulated Mexican films of recent years.

Full Review… | April 27, 2007
New York Observer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 29, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Inarritu's talent may be derivative, but it's applied to a setting he knows well and whose vibrancy he's keen to convey.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 25, 2010
Suite101.com

Audience Reviews for Amores Perros

½

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.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

½

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.

hunterjt13
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

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