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Broken Embraces Reviews

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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-
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 3, 2011
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.
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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.
| 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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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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
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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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 22, 2009
Broken Embraces is a voluptuary of a film, drunk on primary colors, caressing Penelope Cruz, using the devices of a Hitchcock to distract us with surfaces while the sinister uncoils beneath.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 18, 2009
While Cruz acquits herself capably, this is, necessarily, an exercise in virtuosic superficiality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Washington Post
December 17, 2009
Amid all this dazzling artifice, the film's most authentic source of power comes from its star.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 17, 2009
Almodovar could've played it entirely for laughs, with a flick of his wrist and a tonal adjustment. It's best he didn't, though. The movie putters near the end, but it's a film lover's delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
December 11, 2009
The writer-director is up to his old tricks, creating an onion of an experience -- a movie within a movie within a movie, irony in each layer, poignancy that stings and whimsy that bites.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Sara Vilkomerson
New York Observer
December 7, 2009
If you somehow weren't already sold on the ridiculous gorgeousness of Penélope Cruz, this should do the trick.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 24, 2009
While it doesn't pack the emotional heft of director Pedro Almodvar's most moving films, such as Volver, it is stylish and arresting, with powerful performances and a compelling, if at times contrived, story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 23, 2009
Pedro Almodóvar's Broken Embraces is a lush, deeply romantic noir dense with nods to films past, yet it plays as if it sprung fully formed from the director's unconscious.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 20, 2009
Pedro Almodóvar's latest is perfectly titled: it's a big, swoony kiss that doesn't quite connect with the passion he intends. But fans of the Spanish auteur--or his muse, Penélope Cruz--will find plenty to love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 20, 2009
Mr. Almodóvar's love of movies informs every frame of this beautiful film. When Harry's fingers explore the dotted landscape of a Braille script, they bespeak the writer's unbroken embrace of language and drama.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 20, 2009
Penelope Cruz is a treat for the eyes, and so is her latest film, Pedro Almodovar's sizzlingly sexy film noir Broken Embraces, a love letter to the magical power of movies to mend broken hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 19, 2009
Leaves the viewer in a contradictory state, a mixture of devastation and euphoria, amusement and dismay that deserves its own clinical designation.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 19, 2009
There is the beloved and the lover. The first moves in shining beauty, and the second envies every ray of light that has the gift of kissing her. This is how it is in obsessions. It's how it is in the movies, too.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
November 19, 2009
Broken Embraces welds Douglas Sirk melodrama to the most gracefully unsettling elements of Alfred Hitchcock, wrapping both in the stylish, hushed elegance that's become Almodóvar's trademark since his mid-'90s reinvention.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 19, 2009
Cruz doesn't coast on her beauty in Broken Embraces, and she has the kind of role that can be difficult to flesh out.
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
November 18, 2009
There's not another filmmaker working today (or perhaps ever) who believes so strongly in the extremes of melodrama.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 18, 2009
A vibrant, mature love letter to the making of movies, the meaning of movies, and the dark-eyed muse Penélope Cruz...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Rob Nelson
Village Voice
November 17, 2009
Equal parts comic melodrama and film noir, and twice as fun as it ought to be, Broken Embraces boasts more bifurcations than any two Hitchcock classics.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
November 16, 2009
Seems a touch too long, too airless, and too content with its own contrivances to stir the heart.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 29, 2009
While some of Almodóvar's films are out-and-out heartbreakers - perfect storms of melodrama, storytelling and extreme living - this is a more cerebral, self-reflective and noir-ish affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 20, 2009
While the movie as a whole is thoroughly engrossing and all the movie references and subplots involving the cinema world undoubtedly enrich his story, this is a pretty minor film from the filmmaker.
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Nick Funnell
Time Out
May 19, 2009
The sense is of an ageing director taking stock: exploring his cinematic roots, imagining his future and working through it all to emerge counting his blessings at the end.
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March 18, 2009
Held together by the extraordinary force of Almodovar's cinematic personality.