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


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Volver Reviews

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

Almodóvar's phantasms are emotionally anchored so the story never gets away from its characters -- just when you suspect he might have overplayed his hand he stages a clever, surprising inversion to tie the film together.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia | Original Score: 4/5

November 16, 2012
Fernando F. Croce

Almodóvar's maturity navigates not only the thin lines between comedy and drama and between body and spirit, but also between rebellion and acceptance

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 28, 2009
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

It's up to charm to twinkle our attention away from the loose threads and daytime TV plotting.

Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly | Original Score: B-

July 2, 2009
Brian Marder

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 3/5

November 20, 2008
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat

At the center of this hectic universe, [Cruz] never misses a step and may even elevate what Almodovar originally conceived.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4.5/5

June 21, 2008
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

With all its unexpected twists and turns, the story still unfolds naturally, like some gaudy Mediterranean flower.

Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

May 12, 2008
Brandon Fibbs

Pedro Almodovar's Volver is amazingly bright, fresh and clean for a film dealing with murder, adultery, incest, malignant disease and the occasional supernatural apparition.

Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com | Original Score: 8/10

February 28, 2008
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 4/4

July 14, 2007
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Hollywood, take notice: If you hand Penelope Cruz a role with more depth than the paper it's printed on, this is what you'll get.

Full Review Source: Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas) | Original Score: 4/4

April 27, 2007

Film Threat

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 16, 2007
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Until now, you may not have considered Penelope Cruz the modern-day successor to Barbara Stanwyck and Joan Crawford. But director Pedro Almodovar's delightful 'Volver' could change your mind.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette | Original Score: 4.5/5

March 30, 2007
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

...a knowing treatise on the currents that run between mothers and daughters.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 5/5

February 11, 2007
Dan Lybarger

So how good is Spanish writer-director Pedro Almodóvar's latest effort? "Volver" (to return) is so mesmerizingly quirky that I sat through a screening with an injured right arm writhing with pain as I became immersed in the film.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

February 11, 2007

The Spanish master brings his own story to the screen with intense emotion, vivid characterization (so rare in too many of his colleagues) and a marvellous sense of magic ...

Full Review Source: JWR | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 10, 2007

In this hand-stitched, gentle giant of a film, return is recovery -- by its very nature -- and all ghosts are friendly if you'd only let them in.

Full Review Source: Reeler

February 9, 2007
Eric Melin

Almodovar's latest is an emotionally rich film about forgiveness, atonement, and second chances that either sex can relate to.

Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 5, 2007
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Even if Volver sounds too high-concept for you, know that Almodóvar is smart enough not to rest on laughs alone, extending his premise to dark, though occasionally tidy psychological territory.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/6

February 3, 2007
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Pedro Almodóvar gives Penelope Cruz a great woman's role that recalls the classic performances of Italian actress Anna Magnani.

Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) | Original Score: 7/10

February 2, 2007
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It feels like a Chabrol film.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

February 1, 2007
Cole Smithey

The way that Almodovar's resilient women rise above their traumatic pasts to serve one another and their community is a microcosm of idealized reality that welcomes scrutiny.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: B+

January 31, 2007

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Gary Susman
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Bob Mondello
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October 18, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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December 30, 2006

Sydney Morning Herald
December 30, 2006
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
November 11, 2006
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