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Broken Embraces Reviews

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Top Critic
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
Don Groves
December 31, 2010
Almodóvar and Cruz fail to engage this time around.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
December 24, 2009
Perhaps Almodovar and film noir simply don't mix.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
December 23, 2009
More sub-Sirk-ian soap from Pedro Almodóvar, who was once a must-see filmmaker.
Giles Hardie
December 23, 2009
When film makers start making films about film makers, you begin to worry that they've run out of inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Hutchinson
Filmstar Magazine
August 29, 2009
The director's previous films...are all, in some way, about cinema - but this need is especially acute in Broken Embraces, which eats its own tail.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Hilton Thomas
Empire Magazine Australasia
December 14, 2009
Sorry, Pedro, but this tepid trudge through the shallow stuff of men is most remarkable for being such a dramatic under-performer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joanna Langfield
The Movie Minute
November 18, 2009
Not every time a filmmaker and his muse collaborate is it going to be a cause for celebration. Broken Embraces is a perfect example of that disappointing truth.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 21, 2009
Old-hat tropes under a superficially stunning veneer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Colin Newton
Sunday Mail (Australia)
December 14, 2009
Broken Embraces is Almodovar on autopilot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 13, 2009
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Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michelle Orange
December 1, 2009
Even beautifully executed, formally flawless constraint does not quite suit Almodovar.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 19, 2009
A self-reflective melodrama about filmmaking and revenge.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
June 19, 2010
Um dos piores trabalhos de Almodóvar, aqui totalmente entregue à auto-indulgência, ao melodrama barato e às caricaturas (o que não é novidade), mas sem a sensibilidade costumeira que normalmente contrabalança seus excessos.
| Original Score: 1/5
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
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
May 19, 2009
Feels like a mixed bag of smart ideas and nods to other pictures, rather than a coherent, distinct work of art.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jesse Hassenger
November 19, 2009
for all of his elegant homage, reflection, and beautiful treatment of Cruz, Almodóvar's actual storytelling gets a little hoary
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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