• Volver
    2 minutes 33 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Volver Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...if Volver turns out to be more conventional than we might first suppose, Almodovar lets us down easy, with a deep and generous wit that forgives even the worst crimes humanity can commit.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 93/100

January 27, 2007
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

... Almodovar's most accessible and empathetic work yet.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 26, 2007
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

... a dark comic thriller with at least as many twists and turns as your typical Spanish 'telenovela.'

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

January 26, 2007
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

When the film does work itself up to a boil, it's worth the wait.

Full Review Source: Fresno Bee | Original Score: B+

January 26, 2007
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Almodovar at his warmest and most accessible.

Full Review Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette | Original Score: 3/4

January 26, 2007
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly

Supplying dialogue for multifaceted female characters isn't Almodovar's lone specialty, but it's safe to say he does it better than most people in the film business today.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

January 25, 2007
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Nothing short of moviegoing nirvana.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 5/5

January 24, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's clever and entertaining. It's marvelously deft, but never daffy. It works well enough, despite feeling like the most conventional film this great, envelope-pushing Spanish director has ever made.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

January 19, 2007
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Although no director has ever been as fascinated with and supportive of women as Almodóvar, in Volver he outdoes himself. Though the plot is fictitious, the characters are designed as a memory and tribute to the women in Almodóvar's childhood.

Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 10/10

January 19, 2007
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

A light, charming comedy with three murders and a death.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

January 18, 2007
Cole Haddon
Orlando Weekly

The unpredictable way all these stories begin to weave together makes it impossible to know where Volver is going until the final act. But it's the exploration of the ties that bind mothers to daughters that offers the real substance.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 4/5

January 18, 2007
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

I'm not supposed to say this, as a woman, as a film critic, and particularly as a woman film critic, but I'm not a fan of Pedro Almodóvar.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

January 17, 2007
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

Almodovar finds unusual camera angles to break up the straightforward storytelling. But for the first time I recall, not a single male character is crucial to his story, and no actor has a leading role. You won't miss them.

Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer | Original Score: 3/4

January 12, 2007
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

Volver shifts effortlessly from suspense to pathos to giddy humor; the cast members negotiate all these changes while delivering low-keyed, reality-rooted performances.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 3/4

January 12, 2007
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

The film is realistic, yet Almodóvar's touch of the absurd and the madcap infiltrate everything that occurs while his candy-colored visual palette lends a brightness to what in other hands might have taken the form of a sordid tale.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 11, 2007
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

[Almodóvar] raises some intriguing and moving ideas in Volver, but the plot strands are not woven tightly together, remaining loose and frayed. It's a shame, because the potential was there for a great film. Instead, we merely get a good one.

Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

January 11, 2007
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Almodovar's in a playful mood here, yet there's no mistaking the seriousness with which he takes the movie's theme of empowerment through sisterhood.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3/4

January 11, 2007
Graham Rae
Film Threat

By the time it gets back to Raimunda and Paula and their never-too-heavy plight you've all but forgotten about them, and really couldn't care much either.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 2, 2007
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Moderately enjoyable, but a step back rather than forward.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B-

December 31, 2006
Les Wright

It is an impossible hybrid, (in the words of at least one observer) an epic comedy.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

December 30, 2006
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