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Broken Embraces Reviews

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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.
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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Christine Champ
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 3, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
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+
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
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
Matthew Sorrento
IdentityTheory
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
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
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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