Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) Reviews

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November 14, 2019
Salvador knows he has to stop making mistakes and find the key to a rebirth of his many passions - filmmaking, love, friendships. Much of what Banderas is called upon to do is act from an interior point-of-view. He does so brilliantly.
November 13, 2019
A film about aging and retrospection, it's a series of solid scenes that don't build to much; not a lot "stays with you." But one of its saving graces is that you get the sense Almodóvar might be OK with that.
November 12, 2019
Perhaps this movie's greatest accomplishment is reminding us what a great actor Banderas is.
November 11, 2019
[Pain and Glory] stands out from the rest of the filmmaker's filmography. [Full review in Spanish]
November 11, 2019
Anchored by strong work from Antonio Banderas, this is a quiet, reflective piece of work that simmers with emotion.
November 9, 2019
Though few could possibly relate to it all, Almodovar's smart, meaningful and moving sprinkling of observations and memories actually should leave at least a little something for anyone to embrace.
November 8, 2019
No matter how close this story is to Almodóvar's own truth, he makes this story feel real, which maybe is all that matters.
November 8, 2019
The latest from Pedro Almodóvar is quiet and introspective as his latest autobiographical stand-in explores a late-in-life rut.
November 8, 2019
After too long a fallow period, Pedro Almodóvar has returned to form, or even improved on it, with Pain and Glory, the most candidly autobiographical film he's ever ventured.
November 8, 2019
Almodóvar never experienced a creative dry spell like the one depicted here, but after a couple of relatively ho-hum efforts in I'm So Excited! and Julieta, Pain and Glory feels like the work of a new man.
November 8, 2019
Banderas earns his best actor prize from Frances' Cannes Film Festival -- and seems to be a shoo-in for an Oscar nod -- with his magnetic turn as Salvador Mallo, celebrated filmmaker plagued with a cavalcade of physical maladies.
November 8, 2019
Almost feels like an exorcism, an autumnal reverie filled with pain and regret, of mistakes made and loves lost. And yet there's a glimmer of hope as Almodóvar wrestles with his demons through the medium he loves.
November 8, 2019
Almodovar makes this internal trip a spellbinding and soulful exercise - whatever other things he has in common with his avatar here, being creatively blocked isn't one of them.
November 8, 2019
As an emotional narrative it is a spectacularly engaging work, an evocation of one man's life so rich and moving that it burrows deep and will not be dislodged.
November 8, 2019
There's plenty going on here and much of it is tantalisingly murky and unsaid, and yet this is still an affectingly human drama featuring gorgeously restrained playing from Antonio, Penélope [and] Nora Navas...
November 7, 2019
The nostalgia here is predominantly of the self-critical kind, and that makes a world of difference.
November 7, 2019
In classic Almodóvar fashion, Pain and Glory is suffused with a deep love of all kinds of art .
November 7, 2019
In his Hollywood career, Banderas tapped his manic energy. All that gets bottled in here, as Salvador tends to watch and reflect, an artist observing everything around him, saving everything for future use.
November 7, 2019
Pain and Glory considers both elements of its title, and though the former weighs heavy, it's the warmth that lingers - in the small moments that resonate in life's absurd slipstream...
November 7, 2019
Pain and Glory might be the most sublime work either of the men has had their name on for many years.
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