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Talk to Her (2002)

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92

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

Another masterful, compassionate work from Pedro Almodovar.

92

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

Another masterful, compassionate work from Pedro Almodovar.

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Average Rating: 4.1/5
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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

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Drama, Romance, Art House & International

Pedro Almodóvar

May 27, 2003

$9.0M

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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.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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It's Almodovar's most mature and mysterious movie.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Newsweek
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The film combines sensuality, spirituality and sheer joy in storytelling in marvellously harmonious proportions.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's a brave movie and a mature undertaking.

May 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Good, but not classic Almodovar.

May 21, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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It is a singularly impressive work, able to generate laughs one moment and tears the next.

February 21, 2003
Arizona Republic
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no other current director blends comedy and drama as smoothly or with as much flair

March 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

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

November 16, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

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.

October 7, 2004 Full Review Source: tonymedley.com

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

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: european-films.net
european-films.net

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

May 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Weekly Planet (Tampa, FL)

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.

June 17, 2003 Full Review

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

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

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

April 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
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...

March 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

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

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

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

March 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Moviola

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

March 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
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.

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
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.
November 4, 2007
brooklynspo

Super Reviewer

Talk to her is not quite a romance and not quite a thriller. It's not a melodrama, it's much more than that and it's definitely not a comedy, yet 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 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.
October 30, 2012
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Pedro Almodovar bring more one intelligent and breathtaking drama, with very human characters.
August 3, 2012
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.
March 18, 2012
Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

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    1. Marco: There's nothing worse than leaving someone you still love.
    2. Lydia: What a sad story.
    3. Marco: "Love is the saddest thing when it goes away," as a song by Jobim goes.
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