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


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Volver Reviews

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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The Return rattles its chains for a spell, but it doesn't linger -- it quickly leaves.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 22, 2006
Matt Pais

One excellent performance does not a captivating drama make; this is just a colorful, great-looking but weepy telenovela that will require three cups of coffee to endure.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 2/4

November 21, 2006
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
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

Almodovar infuses proceedings with a horrible sense of self-satisfaction and also has a disconcerting habit of lots of lingering, leery shots of his lead actresses' bodies, including a pervy close-up of a teenage girl's groin.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

August 25, 2006
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...there's a lot here that works, but there's far more that's simply interminable.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 11, 2006
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
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

The movie is almost unbearably slow at times, and it was way too long at a little over two hours.

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November 28, 2006
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

Once Almodovar gets all the nasty men out of the picture, he's free to create his utopia of women, whose chronic widowhood must have been achieved by boring their husbands to death.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly | Original Score: 2/4

December 26, 2006
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

One of Almodóvar's more subdued works, 'Volver' mixes genres but in the end achieves neither serious drama nor serious comedy.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

October 12, 2006
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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...The film, against my wishes, left me unmoved.

October 30, 2006
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

From start to finish, there is just nothing to Volver.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 21, 2006
Peter Matthews
Sight and Sound

Though it may seem churlish to knock a film-maker whose only crime has been a naked desire to please audiences, Volver really is one of Pedro Almodóvar's weaker efforts.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

September 28, 2006
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

A rare success in the overcrowded (with formulaic disappointments) field of movies about estranged mothers and daughters who, at last, find a way to understand each other.

| Original Score: B

December 22, 2006
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
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
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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What a distinctive filmmaker Almodovar has become.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

November 22, 2006
James Berardinelli
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Although Volver has a tendency to stray too far down tangential paths, it is ultimately satisfying.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

October 31, 2006
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Ripe with female characters and embroidered with flourishes that hint at Hollywood's Golden Age, Volver is one of Almodóvar's finest films. It is also one of his most emotionally delightful.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 22, 2006
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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The pleasures of the new Pedro Almodovar film Volver, and they are many, have less to do with deep wells of feeling than they do with mastery of craft and a magnificent sort of artifice.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 21, 2006
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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From the very first shot of Volver... you know you're in masterful hands.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

November 2, 2006
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
November 11, 2006
Bob Mondello
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October 18, 2008
Gary Susman
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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December 30, 2006

Sydney Morning Herald
December 30, 2006

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