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Broken Embraces Reviews

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January 15, 2010
Sex, cinema and fate -- three of Pedro Almodovar's favorite subjects -- are lovingly examined in his Broken Embraces.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
January 14, 2010
A rich, tangled and layered work whose lurid, sensual style -- and seething and ebbing score by Alberto Iglesias -- is like lava cooling upon the volcano below.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 8, 2010
While it may not be Almodóvar's greatest work, it still stands well above most other films in terms of intrigue, intelligence and innovation.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 8, 2010
This melancholy romance is the first Almodovar feature I've ever really liked, an expertly fashioned melodrama that steers mercifully clear of his usual puckishness and star-mongering.
January 8, 2010
The experience can be heady and delirium-provoking, but hey, that's cinema for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 7, 2010
Parental Content Review
January 7, 2010
There are moments of Hitchcockian uneasiness, accentuated by Cruz's typically stellar performance and her disturbingly close resemblance to Audrey Hepburn (which lends a feeling that this delicate flower could be crushed in an instant).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 7, 2010
Stylish and sly, an engaging exercise that gives us less than meets the eye.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 6, 2010
One failing in the film is how boring it is to watch Cruz pretend to be a bad actress. The comic movie within a movie, which borrows from Women on the Verge, isn't funny.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 3, 2010
Vicky Cristina Madrid!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 28, 2009
The filmmaker kept me continually off balance, my laughs having to find their way through a shower of tears all while the unyielding tension of the central mystery kept my insides twisting into tighter and tighter knots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 28, 2009
It all adds up to an entertaining mash of suspense and melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 28, 2009
As long as Almodovar keeps investing such thought and energy in his work, he can play with whatever themes he desires.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 28, 2009
Una obra auto referencial que es, en definitiva, la menos inspirada en la etapa reciente de Almodóvar. Sigue siendo un director inquieto, en más de un sentido audaz e inconformista, pero esta vez no conmueve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 26, 2009
The story is twisted and complex, yet it emerges as sleek and unfussy. The characters' actions are grandly melodramatic, but the movie is close and intimate.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 25, 2009
With gloriously noir production design, the film is sculpted around Cruz' breathless beauty and radiant talent -- but the story, as well as the other actors, suffer from Almodóvar's inattention.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
December 25, 2009
It's both ridiculous and ridiculously romantic, which is an apt description of a work shaped like a heart and structured like a pretzel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 25, 2009
All of the actors do good work, but as is often the case in Almodóvar films, the women own the movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 25, 2009
The latest from Pedro Almodovar is a melo-tragicomedy so twisty that it eventually twisted the interest right out of me.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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