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Matador (1986)



Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2

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Once-great Spanish matador Nacho Martinez has been reduced to starring in gruesome "snuff" films. Martinez is idolized by Antonio Banderas, who has no notion of his idol's current illegal profession. Terrified at the thought of drawing blood in the bullring, Banderas nevertheless seeks out Martinez' assistance in preparing for a bullfighting career. To prove his "machismo", Banderas rapes Martinez' lady-friend Eva Cobo. No one will believe Banderas' confession of the rape, so he decides to

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (2) | DVD (3)

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

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

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: 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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:
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Almodovar's early work is saltry, erotic, even perverse, but very seductive to watch

February 16, 2013 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

follows a bizarre, but ultimately logical path

March 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

The "prolonged orgasm" is Almodóvar's format and tenor

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

fascinating and wonderfully lurid!

September 19, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

A richly detailed, physically gorgeous movie (Almodovar's most professional-looking work to that time) that almost has too much on its mind.

September 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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If you're in the mood for a stylish piece of erotica, then Matador should leave you panting for more.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

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.
November 20, 2012
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Matador is quite serious for Almodóvar. He's dropped all the trash and bad taste humour and replaced it with quite serious issues of sex and murder. It felt a little bit like a Gaillo film to me, albeit a Almodóvar version of. Antonio Banderas really impresses here and you can see why it was turning point in his career, the same also applies for Almodóvar as this was his first internationally successful film. The last scene has quite an impact, it's hard to say whether it was happy or sad really but it certainly haunts. An impressive change of pace but with all the charm of his originals.
October 27, 2011

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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.
February 21, 2010
Randy Tippy

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torture porn? necrophilia? that's just the first five minutes...then it gets weird. one twisted and hilarious waltz of sex and death
June 5, 2009
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