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Talk to Her (2002)


Average Rating: 8.1/10
Reviews Counted: 128
Fresh: 118
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: Another masterful, compassionate work from Pedro Almodovar.

Average Rating: 8/10
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: 34
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: Another masterful, compassionate work from Pedro Almodovar.


Average Rating: 4.1/5
User Ratings: 52,179


Movie Info

Pedro Almodóvar follows his international success All About My Mother with an offbeat drama that explores the friendship of two men brought together under unusual but strangely similar circumstances. Benigno (Javier Camára) is a male nurse whose apartment overlooks a dance studio run by Katerina (Geraldine Chaplin); he often sits on his balcony and watches one of Katerina's students, Alicia (Leonor Watling), and he finds himself becoming infatuated with her. When Alicia is severely injured in an … More

R (for nudity, sexual content and some language)
Drama , Romance , Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By:
Pedro Almodóvar
In Theaters:
May 27, 2003
Box Office:
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Talk to Her

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (118) | Rotten (10) | DVD (16)

Almodovar uses the characters' unlikely predicaments to show how we define ourselves by narration, but his story is so overdetermined that ultimately the two men seem as constrained as their brain-dead sweethearts.

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's Almodovar's most mature and mysterious movie.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
Top Critic

The film combines sensuality, spirituality and sheer joy in storytelling in marvellously harmonious proportions.

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

It's a brave movie and a mature undertaking.

Full Review… | May 19, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Good, but not classic Almodovar.

May 21, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

It is a singularly impressive work, able to generate laughs one moment and tears the next.

February 21, 2003
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

no other current director blends comedy and drama as smoothly or with as much flair

Full Review… | March 9, 2010
Old School Reviews

Humanity is intricate, contradictory, fathomless here, and the filmmaking just as rich.

Full Review… | November 16, 2009

I found it slow to get into. But I hung in there and am glad I did because eventually it grabbed me and I ended up enjoying it.

Full Review… | October 7, 2004

Very few directors could get away with making a film like this, but Almodovar not only gets away with it, he delivers a masterpiece.

Full Review… | August 7, 2004

Almodovar continues to refine the form of melodrama ... without sacrificing one iota of emotional texture or resonance.

Full Review… | May 10, 2004

Almodovar beautifully evokes trust and sacrifice.

September 11, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

It's another wild yet thoughtful look at the meaning of life and sexuality from Almodovar.

Full Review… | June 17, 2003

Even when Aldomovar is obviously showing off, we're convinced that he cares.

Full Review… | May 22, 2003
Film Blather

Like all his [Pedro Almodovar's] work, it's jarring and provocative to say the least.

Full Review… | April 5, 2003
Killer Movie Reviews

The offbeat beauty of Almodovar's script lies in its seductive combination of grieving, sensuality, fantasy and passion. Almodovar is incapable of creating dull characters...

Full Review… | March 29, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

No wonder they're talking about "Talk to Her." It's astonishing.

Full Review… | March 24, 2003
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

'Almodóvar logra un filme entrañable, lleno de compasión, comprensión, amor, amistad, esperanza y humanidad que es sencillamente inolvidable.'

Full Review… | March 21, 2003

After an interminable wait, in which it seemed that nobody in Hollywood would have the nerve to make a film about brain-dead ballerinas, gored female bullfighters and the men who love them, finally there's one to recommend - Pedro Almodovar's "Talk to Her

Full Review… | March 20, 2003
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

One of the strangest, most heavily layered and assured films that Almodovar has ever made -- possibly his masterpiece -- sly, funny, incredibly convoluted and, ultimately, almost devastatingly moving.

Full Review… | March 19, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

(Un cineasta) para no entender del todo y para seguir esperando.

Full Review… | March 10, 2003
Uruguay Total

Audience Reviews for Talk to Her


One of the best movies i've seen in a while.

Great story, great acting. Pathos out the yingyang.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


Talk to her is not quite a romance and not quite a thriller. It's not a common melodrama either, it's much more than that and it's definitely not a comedy, but it's not devoid of humour. It's a Pedro Almodóvar film, if you're familiar with his work then that is all you need to know. This is another example, following All about my Mother of his move to more serious film making in the early 2000's, it's also one of his most Spanish of films. His country and its culture are celebrated and explored, from the bloodshed of the Bull fight to the extraordinary contemporary choreography of the late great Pina Bausch, making this one of Almodovar's more personal films. It also worships and celebrates Women, something that he does quite frequently.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer


Pedro Almodovar bring more one intelligent and breathtaking drama, with very human characters.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Almodovar is a genius, so enough said? Plot twists are superb. Acting is wonderful. The idea that sex can awaken a sleeping maiden is marvelous--the idea that you can love someone in a totally one-sided relationship is....scary. But see it once, and see it several times to get everything out of it. It's a nice discussion on what romantic love really is.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer

Talk to Her Quotes

There's nothing worse than leaving someone you still love.
What a sad story.
"Love is the saddest thing when it goes away," as a song by Jobim goes.
– Submitted by Anna C (18 months ago)

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