Amores Perros

2001

Amores Perros

Critics Consensus

The brutality of Amores Perros may be difficult to watch at times, but this intense, gritty film packs a hard wallop.

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94%

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Three stories of life along the margins in Mexico City converge in this inventive thriller. Octavio is sharing an apartment with his brother, which leads to a serious problem when he falls in love with Susanna, his sister-in-law. Octavio and Susanna want to run away together, but Octavio has no money. He does, however, know a man who stages dog fights, and he volunteers his dog Cofi for the next round of fights. Cofi bravely rises to the occasion, but the dog's success in the ring leads to a violent altercation. Elsewhere, Daniel, a successful publishing magnate, leaves his family to take up with a beautiful model, Valeria. Valeria, however, soon loses a leg in an auto accident, and as Daniel tends to her needs, her tiny pet dog gets trapped under the floorboards of their apartment. And finally, El Chivo (Emilio Echeverria) is an elderly homeless man who is trying to contact his daughter, whom he hasn't seen in years. Desperate for money, El Chivo is hired by a businessman to assassinate his partner; however, as he's following his target, he's interrupted by an auto accident, from which Octavio and his injured dog stagger in search of help. Amores Perros (aka Love's a Bitch) was the debut from director Alexandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

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Critic Reviews for Amores Perros

All Critics (116) | Top Critics (36)

  • Solidly engaging, supersized 2000 Mexican drama.

    Feb 8, 2008 | Full Review…
  • On screen, Gonzalez Inarritu's alarm registers loud and clear.

    Nov 1, 2007 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
    Top Critic
  • One of the most honored and most expertly articulated Mexican films of recent years.

    Apr 27, 2007 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

    Observer
    Top Critic
  • Recalling Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction - but edgier than both - this is a hell of a first film. For all its bonecrunching savagery, it's also a fundamentally moral work.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It's good and good-looking and features one of the best soundtracks in years ... but it's also slick and schematic, weak on feeling and overly indebted to Tarantino.

    Oct 29, 2002 | Full Review…
  • Inarritu's talent may be derivative, but it's applied to a setting he knows well and whose vibrancy he's keen to convey.

    Mar 19, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Amores Perros

  • May 02, 2013
    Another review that I think magically disappeared from the Flixster vaults. I saw the original Director's cut at the Film Festival which was 3 hours and was in dire need of editing. The current version I assume has that editing and probably accentuates the high action I experienced in this gripping film.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2012
    After a dog-fighter crashes into a supermodel, the film depicts each person's story. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's films never surpassed this, his first effort. An extraordinarily well-told story, Amores Perros reaches the Altman Standard for intersecting stories. Linked by the themes of love and dogs and love of dogs, each story is compelling in its own way, especially the final chapter, which takes advantage of a phenomenal performance by Emilio Echeverria. What I found disappointing was the ending of the second story, which seemed to come to a depressing conclusion without substance. The same can be said of the first story's ending, but the final moments of the film, which conclude the third story, make up for many of the film's deficiencies as a whole. Overall, Amores Perros is a fantastic debut for a rightfully internationally acclaimed filmmaker.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 17, 2012
    In my opinion, "Amores Perros" is less comparable to "Pulp Fiction" than it is to, say, "Magnolia." It's a violent flick, but sets aside stylized dialogue and clever scenes for tense, involving drama. Rich performances, a well-defined, multi-layered screenplay, and completely consuming cinematography justify the film's rather cumbersome length, which seems to drag every so often. The stories that bookend the film are seriously involving dramas, while the one in the center feels only slightly contrived. (Luckily, it's the shortest of the three.) Overall, "Amores Perros" is a well-made, thought-provoking, ultimately satisfying ensemble piece.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2012
    An impressive debut for Alejandro González Iñárritu, who went on to direct movies like Babel and Biutiful, Amores Perros is a dark, unrelenting look at the savage nature of humans. Themes of disloyalty and brutality are frequently conveyed through the relationships the characters have with dogs, relationships that range from affectionate to barbaric. There are a number of graphic dog-fighting scenes, and although no dogs were hurt in the production of the movie, the scenes are incredibly disturbing and intense. Like some of the director's other movies, Amores Perros is divided into three connected stories, the first of which I found to be the best. There are no happy endings though, as each story ends in a darker place than it began. As a whole, the movie is a thought-provoking and consistently engrossing, if a bit overlong, study on human nature, and is an interesting start to the talented director's career.
    Joey S Super Reviewer

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