The Skin I Live In Reviews

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Jason Best
Movie Talk
December 22, 2011
A mix of creepy horror and seductive melodrama, The Skin I Live In reveals its secrets gradually.
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
December 21, 2011
I don't want to give too much away but this unsettling tale is told so beautifully, so precisely.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
December 17, 2011
Almodóvar plugs us into a whirlpool of emotional constructs which turbo charge the story
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
December 17, 2011
Bizarre, shocking, sexy and dark, this is Almodóvar at his brilliant melodramatic best
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
December 16, 2011
"Skin" doesn't cut as deep as Almodovar's best films, and the ending borders on generic melodrama. But as an elegantly nasty genre exercise, it raises goose bumps on your own skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Larsen
December 12, 2011
What's missing here is Almodovar's most distinguishing characteristic: compassion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike Scott
December 9, 2011
When it's all said and done, there's no real call for any emotional investment on the part of Almodovar's audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
December 1, 2011
Even a second level Almodovar is better than most other people.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
December 1, 2011
It's not one of Almodovar's more emotionally involving films, it's actually quite chillingly cold but Antonio Banderas is just fabulous as the Frankenstein character and Elena Anaya is exquisite as his creation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 1, 2011
Pedro Almodovar's latest outrage against propriety is a body horror comedy, a sort of mash-up of the work of David Cronenberg and The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
November 27, 2011
Gran parte de la película se pasa entre la incredulidad, la indiferencia y el ridículo, pero Almodóvar es ante todo Almodóvar, con todos sus excesos, sus delirios y también sus aspectos originales (...)
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 23, 2011
It will almost certainly be in the top two or three on my 'best of 2011' list, and it's a film I can't wait to see again.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
November 23, 2011
A wonderfully twisted cinematic expedition into territory rarely traveled.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 23, 2011
Few filmmakers are more assured or alluring, even when we fear we're following a monster.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
November 20, 2011
Skin satisfies even next to [Almodóvar's] masterpieces ... In the latter films he uses sensationalism to arrive at meditations on passion and humanity's search for it. Yet, his films that approach the territory are always a delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
November 20, 2011
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Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dan Lybarger
KC Active
November 19, 2011
It says something for Almodovar's skill as a filmmaker that he can still jolt viewers after three and a half decades in the business.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 19, 2011
It's the journey itself that provides the unexpected, often queasy twists and turns. Let's just say that the recent Shrek spinoff isn't the only Antonio Banderas film that could have been released with the title Puss in Boots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
November 19, 2011
A shocking, stunning, hyper-stylized interlude - designed to make you shudder.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
November 18, 2011
There are few filmmakers -- David Lynch comes to mind, Woody Allen -- who have a completely unique way of imprinting a film. Nobody but Pedro Almodóvar could have made The Skin I Live In. And that's high compliment.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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