The Return rattles its chains for a spell, but it doesn't linger -- it quickly leaves.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
...there's a lot here that works, but there's far more that's simply interminable.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
The movie is almost unbearably slow at times, and it was way too long at a little over two hours.
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.
One of Almodóvar's more subdued works, 'Volver' mixes genres but in the end achieves neither serious drama nor serious comedy.
...The film, against my wishes, left me unmoved.
From start to finish, there is just nothing to Volver.
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.
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
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
...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.
| Original Score: 93/100
What a distinctive filmmaker Almodovar has become.
| Original Score: 4/4
Although Volver has a tendency to stray too far down tangential paths, it is ultimately satisfying.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
From the very first shot of Volver... you know you're in masterful hands.