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Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
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
Jim Judy
Screen It!
January 7, 2010
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Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
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
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 7, 2010
Stylish and sly, an engaging exercise that gives us less than meets the eye.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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
Kam Williams
Sly Fox
January 3, 2010
Vicky Cristina Madrid!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
December 28, 2009
It all adds up to an entertaining mash of suspense and melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
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
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
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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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 25, 2009
Pedro Almodovar's latest movie is positively drunk in its desire for handsome actors and beautiful actresses, gorgeously art-directed sets, suspense, comedy, ironic flashbacks, tragic romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
December 25, 2009
In Almodóvar and Cruz we have a real collaboration of artist and inspiration that only seems to improve and deepen over time.
Read More | Original Score: A-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 24, 2009
Perhaps Almodovar and film noir simply don't mix.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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