Matador (1986)



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A bullfighter forced to retire early from his career due to a goring, finds that his obsession for killing still lingers, but now bulls are substituted by girls. To make love to a woman and kill her at the very last moment is the closest thing to the ineffable pleasure of an afternoon in the bullring. Maria is a woman driven by similar dark desires. When she and the ex-bullfighter get together a meeting of minds takes place with deadly results.
Art House & International , Comedy , Mystery & Suspense
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Assumpta Serna
as Maria Cardinal
Antonio Banderas
as Angel Gimenez
Nacho Martinez
as Diego Montes
Eva Cobo
as Eva Soler
Eusebio Poncela
as Police Inspector
Bibiana Fernandez
as Flower Vendor
Luis Ciges
as Guarda
Eva Siva
as Asistenta Maria y Diego
Veronica Forque
as Periodista
Jaime Chávarri
as Sacerdote
Angie Gray
as Chica Ana
Agustín Almodóvar
as Policia #2
Concha Hidalgo
as Tata Angel
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Critic Reviews for Matador

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (6)

It's a useful look at this Spanish auteur finding his way but lacks the elan of his later work.

Full Review… | September 22, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie looks terrific and is acted with absolute, straight-faced conviction by the excellent cast...

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

A consistently audacious fantasy of sex and violence set in a modern-day Madrid where everyone is ready to surrender to his or her particular passions.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

Murder, mutilation, suicide and rape...[are] just a few of Matador's popcorn-incompatible themes. But [Almodovar] swirls his cape over these chargers so imaginatively, shamelessly and inventively, his flamboyance wins the day.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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The sincerity here is of a special cracked sort -- the brand that induces laughter but is undiminished by it.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Almodovar's early work is saltry, erotic, even perverse, but very seductive to watch

Full Review… | February 16, 2013

Audience Reviews for Matador

Looking past all the absurdities the film has to offer, Matador is essentially a dark romantic comedy at its core. With passion and obsession meeting fueling the characters' actions, Almodvar steps up and shows audiences he isn't afraid to tell original stories.

paul oh
paul oh

Super Reviewer


An unlikely love affair emerges between two serial killers, one is a thrill-seeking ex matador and the other a gorgeous and twisted defense attorney. To say that a Pedro Almodóvar film revolves around an odd set of circumstances is like pointing out that Yul Brenner is bald or that Truman Capote was gay. It's just something that's understood. And true to his nature, Almodóvar approaches this bizarre situation without judgment or preconception. Part of his genius lies in his assumption that audiences are basically intelligent and, when given enough information, are perfectly capable of drawing their own conclusions. Another perspicacious offering from the underrated Spanish master.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

torture porn? necrophilia? that's just the first five minutes...then it gets weird. one twisted and hilarious waltz of sex and death

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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