Volver

Volver

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

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Volver Reviews

Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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October 18, 2008
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
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

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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December 30, 2006
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Pedro Almodóvar whipstitches a movie from patches of those mother-daughter melodramas Mildred Pierce, Bellissima and Two Women and makes it seamless and original, funny as it is fierce, breathtaking as it is life-affirming.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

December 28, 2006
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
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Volver is rich, crazy, ambitious and filled with heaven and earth in a way that no other filmmaker can touch. It is a flawed beauty, but the beauty is so much more important than the flaws.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

December 22, 2006
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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If Almodovar is in great form, Cruz is even shapelier, with no small number of gags involving her cleavage.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 4/4

December 22, 2006
Matt Weitz
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Volver qualifies as a must-see movie for the director's fans or for those who wish to admire one of the greatest living cinema artists.

| Original Score: B+

December 22, 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
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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[A] gritty melodrama tempered by surreal black humor.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 21, 2006
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar always has fun toying with our perceptions and expectations and does it yet again with Volver, a darkly comic look at mortality and family secrets.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

December 21, 2006
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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A deeply entertaining experience that engages our hearts as well as our funny bones.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 21, 2006
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The Cannes Film Festival jury threw up its hands and gave this year's Best Actress Award to all six of the film's stars. They're so fine that refusing to choose between them was the only sensible choice.

| Original Score: 3/4

December 21, 2006
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A movie with more in its heart than on its mind, Pedro Almodóvar's Volver doesn't approach the brilliance of his recent films Talk to Her and Bad Education.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B

December 21, 2006
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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A feast of colours, swooning camera movements, lushly orchestrated musical cues and meticulously fetishized symbolism.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

November 24, 2006
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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The result is intoxicating; a free-spinning story that's by its end enormously satisfying, creating its own kind of magic.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 4/4

November 22, 2006
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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The women are left to do the best they can. That turns out to be enough to keep you watching through to the final twist -- as unlikely as everything else in this nonetheless extremely likable movie.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

November 22, 2006
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
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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One of the amazing things about Volver is that Almodóvar once again manages to make a preposterous, overloaded plot seem sublime and organic.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

November 22, 2006
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Pity Pedro Almodóvar. He's so good so often that the world has come to expect a masterpiece with every new picture.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 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
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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The late François Truffaut was frequently described as a filmmaker who loved women, but not even Monsieur Truffuat could come close to Señor Almodóvar in his intelligent, perceptive and creative appreciation of women in Volver.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

November 8, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's very moving, It's beautifully done.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

November 6, 2006
Dana Stevens
Slate
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[Almodóvar's] once-kitschy obsession with color and surface continues to deepen into a big, bold, almost painterly style.

Full Review Source: Slate

November 6, 2006
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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Almodóvar is still one of the few directors worth watching just for how he uses color on the screen. But the pleasures have always run much deeper, and now they run deeper still.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: A-

November 3, 2006
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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You do not want to miss this one.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 4/4

November 3, 2006
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Almodóvar is a great filmmaker, and his skills remain intact -- Volver is polished, well-acted, completely personal cinema. Yet it still feels slight -- more a tapas than a meal.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

November 3, 2006
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Almodóvar milks this premise for all it's worth with witty dialogue, terrific performances -- and less-flamboyant-than-usual visuals that are still a red-accented treat for the eye.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

November 3, 2006
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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For a black comedy whose tangled sequence of events is completely improbable, Pedro Almodóvar's Volver feels absolutely authentic. So, think of everything as metaphor and enjoy one of the year's most delectably twisted treats.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 3, 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
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Volver is suspenseful, clever, gently funny and always emotionally resonant.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 4/4

November 2, 2006
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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Like most homecomings (or at least most good ones), Pedro Almodóvar's Volver is warm, emotional and forever on the brink of tears -- peppered with bouts of pique, old resentments that flare up and moments of intense and lyrical longing.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 2, 2006
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Pedro Almodóvar has made yet another picture that moves beyond camp into a realm of wise, luxuriant humanism.

| Original Score: 5/5

November 2, 2006
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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I have always felt that Almodóvar was at his best as an artist when he was at his most playful. Volver is about deadly serious matters of the heart, but it often has a screwball spirit. The darker things are, the funnier.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

November 2, 2006
David Germain
Associated Press
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[A] vibrant film that's pure class, pure imagination and pure Almodovar.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

November 2, 2006
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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Cruz has never been more radiant and funny: Comparisons to Sophia Loren in her Vittorio DeSica heyday are flying about, and richly warranted.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 2, 2006
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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The movie is enjoyable, but not passionately engaging in the way we've come to expect from Almodóvar, and it leaves you somewhat cold in spite of the warmth of Cruz's galvanic performance.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

November 2, 2006
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Once again, the director confronts women on the verge of a nervous breakdown in a film full of humor and affection.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

November 1, 2006
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Watching Volver, Pedro Almodóvar's latest poker-faced extravagance, you realize just how far his women have come from the days when they were living on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

November 1, 2006
David Ansen
Newsweek
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Almodóvar's generous vision isn't just unique, it's color-coordinated.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

October 31, 2006
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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
Rob Nelson
Village Voice
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Red, in every conceivable shade, is, not surprisingly, a key color in Volver, a movie about the towering virtues of high heels and the indomitable power of good old 35mm celluloid.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 31, 2006
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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What a run this millennium for Pedro Almodóvar: one strange and fabulous feature after the next, each in a different style, each so deftly controlled that you hardly register its subversiveness until after you've been hooked by its story.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

October 30, 2006
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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...The film, against my wishes, left me unmoved.

October 30, 2006
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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This is a movie about mothers and children that dispatches with the usual goopy sentiment. Volver reassures us that you can go home again -- if only in the movies.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 7, 2006
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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A tale of sisterhood, told with playful affection and abiding gratitude.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 23, 2006
Ben Walters
Time Out
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...It's some achievement that the film is both funnier and more moving on repeated viewing, when its pervasive dramatic ironies emerge.

Full Review Source: Time Out

August 24, 2006
Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
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Richly entertaining fantasy from a cinematic master.

May 19, 2006
Jonathan Holland
Variety
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Richly evocative.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 28, 2006
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