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All About My Mother (1999)

tomatometer

98

Average Rating: 8/10
Reviews Counted: 80
Fresh: 78 | Rotten: 2

Almodovar weaves together a magnificent tapestry of femininity with an affectionate wink to classics of theater and cinema in this poignant story of love, loss and compassion.

96

Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 1

Almodovar weaves together a magnificent tapestry of femininity with an affectionate wink to classics of theater and cinema in this poignant story of love, loss and compassion.

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Average Rating: 4.2/5
User Ratings: 50,935

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Movie Info

Pedro Almodóvar directed this story of a woman and her circle of friends who find themselves suffering a variety of emotional crises. Manuela (Cecilia Roth) is a single mother who has raised her son, Esteban (Eloy Azorín), to adulthood on her own and has come to emotionally depend on him. One night, Manuela and Esteban take in a production of A Streetcar Named Desire; after the show, Esteban is struck and killed by a passing motorist as he dashes into the street to get an autograph from Huma

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Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Pedro Almodóvar

Oct 26, 2006

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All Critics (84) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (78) | Rotten (2) | DVD (18)

It brims with life.

August 12, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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It's a lovely work.

August 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Slate
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An emotionally satisfying and brilliantly played take on the ups and (mostly) downs of a group of less-than-typical female friends.

August 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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For me it felt like a good many weeks at a politically correct summer camp.

August 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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All About My Mother, for all its self-deconstruction, is played with more sobriety and conviction than any of Mr. Almodóvar's previous films.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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It displays a depth and maturity lacking in Almodóvar's earlier work.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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This film is as close to a masterpiece as the director has ever produced.

December 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

Hits a number of the right emotional buttons, due in large part to Roth's extraordinary performance.

October 13, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Like Almodovar's first masterpiece, Women on the Verge of Nervous Breakdown, this vivid melodrama, the auteur's second masterwork, celebrates the resilience and camaraderie of women under duress.

December 24, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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All About My Mother is a wonderful Mother's Day card, in any language.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

Almodovar does a remarkable job of running all kinds of threads through All About My Mother, tugging on each one before he methodically ties them up.

July 29, 2006
Palo Alto Weekly

A weepie movie with a brainy sensibility, an open heart, and a wicked sense of humor.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

An over-the-top collection of outrageous characters in improbable circumstances that all manage to interconnect, forming a film of incredible power, humor and finally beauty.

March 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Each time the movie seems to be on a head-on collision with melodrama, it jumps the track and veers off toward comedy.

December 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Bawdy, sexual, comedic, highly emotional and full of love.

April 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Writer-director Pedro Almodovar has grown up.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

An emotional film about parental love found in places where you'd least expect it.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

All these characters are a bit beyond the pale, but Almodovar invests them with more humanity than he has in previous films. And all of them, despite the craziness of their lives, just keep on truckin.'

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Audience Reviews for All About My Mother

I remember when All about my Mother came out, suddenly everyone knew who Pedro Almodóvar was, Live Flesh did well but this was his real international breakthrough into the mainstream (although his films are anything but). I wonder if that was his intention because as much as I really liked All about my Mother, it was very similar to both Tie me up, Tie me Down and Flower of my Secret in style and in story. It's ok to copy your own storeys though I suppose and what with Nuns, soap stars and Drag-queens in the mix, you know it's all Almodovar in all his glory.
August 1, 2012
SirPant

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All About My Mother is a challenge to the conservative and conventional on family and relationships. Masterful performances, even from the young Penelope Cruz. Outrageously beautiful.
September 10, 2011
Jan Marc Macababayao

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    1. Lola: Manuela, what a joy is to see you. Pity is in this place.
    2. Manuela: It couldn't be anywhere else. You're not a human being, Lola. You're an epidemic.
    – Submitted by Basaure A (6 months ago)
    1. Esteban: And you?
    2. Manuela: What?
    3. Esteban: Would you be able to become a prostitute for me?
    4. Manuela: I've already been able to do anything for you.
    – Submitted by Basaure A (13 months ago)
    1. La Agrado: When I was young I was a truck driver. In Paris, right before I got my breasts done. Then I left the truck and became a prostitute.
    2. Huma Rojo: That's so interesting!
    3. La Agrado: Very.
    – Submitted by Basaure A (16 months ago)
    1. Manuela: Lola has the worst of a man, and the worst of a woman.
    – Submitted by Basaure A (24 months ago)
    1. La Agrado: How could I own a real Chanel when there is so much poverty in the world?
    – Submitted by Maria Y (2 years ago)
    1. La Agrado: Well, as I was saying, it costs a lot to be authentic, ma'am. And one can't be stingy with these things because you are more authentic the more you resemble what you've dreamed of being.
    – Submitted by Maria Y (2 years ago)
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