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Broken Embraces Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
The entire third act is anticlimactic and forgettable, and one has to wonder why Mr. Almodóvar has to let his penchant for melodrama ruin a well executed noir.
Andrew Chan
Film Comment Magazine
September 24, 2014
Though the film offers nothing new for the eyes, its wordiness ultimately acts as a complement rather than a drawback to Almodóvar's masterful storytelling.
Don Groves
December 31, 2010
Almodóvar and Cruz fail to engage this time around.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 4, 2010
Continues the director's streak of reliably elegant, original works, making the case, once again, that there are few other European directors working today who can match his particular blend of thought-provoking, artful, yet wholly accessible cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.1/10
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
June 19, 2010
Um dos piores trabalhos de Almodóvar, aqui totalmente entregue ŕ auto-indulgęncia, ao melodrama barato e ŕs caricaturas (o que năo é novidade), mas sem a sensibilidade costumeira que normalmente contrabalança seus excessos.
| Original Score: 1/5
Josh Larsen
May 10, 2010
Pedro Almodovar reteams with Penelope Cruz, and you have your review right there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 24, 2010
I must be completely dazzled by Pedro Almodóvar's current skills as a filmmaker because I really enjoyed Broken Embraces even though I had several reasons not to.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 14, 2010
The broken field running of the film's time line requires each viewer to reassemble the story in his head.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
February 7, 2010
While the writing isn't as sharp or as funny as it is in Almodovar's best movies, so be it--it's a hell of a lot sharper and more interesting than most of the mass-produced movies coming out of Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
February 4, 2010
This meandering melodrama is too fractured, too soap opera-ish and is just too odd ... even by the Oscar-winning, Spanish filmmaker's usual standards.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
February 4, 2010
Above all, "Broken Embraces" shows how deeply Almodóvar is in love with movies, not just as things to be watched and enjoyed, but to be felt deep in the bones.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
January 31, 2010
Gives us few reasons not to stay to the ending, but the ultimate revelation of Blanco's pain ... disappoints.
| Original Score: 2/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 20, 2010
A very worthy close-out for his remarkable output of the last decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mike Scott
January 18, 2010
A cliche-ridden exercise that never exhibits any real heart and focuses on characters who never come alive, it also never comes close to living up to the promise of the names in the credits.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Matthew Sorrento
January 16, 2010
In Almodóvar, the past is reckoned by characters of the present, a layering over which we revel.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 16, 2010
Almodovar dives into this knotty, plotty mess the only way he can - with utter abandon and what might be best described as a kind of artful recklessness.
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
January 15, 2010
The end result is less than the sum of its parts, a smoke 'n' mirrors melodrama that peters out just when it should be revving into high gear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
January 15, 2010
The unbeatable Oscar-winning combination of legendary Spanish writer/director Pedro Almodovar and international superstar beauty Penelope Cruz makes this lavishly mounted melodrama a cinematic gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
January 15, 2010
Sex, cinema and fate -- three of Pedro Almodovar's favorite subjects -- are lovingly examined in his Broken Embraces.
| Original Score: 3/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
January 15, 2010
By this point, the phrase 'Un Film de Almodovar' connotes a genre unto itself, as identifiable by its themes, character types and visual trademarks as a Western, Hammer horror movie or vintage screwball comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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