Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) Reviews

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January 21, 2020
From his time in the wilderness, Almodóvar has emerged with a stunner. Heavily introspective, Pain and Glory is about aging and finding a reason to go on when your body fails and inspiration is lacking.
January 17, 2020
Its strands of fictionalized memoir work decently, but it's its more insightful look at religion and art throughout childhood that bring something to the table.
January 16, 2020
Pedro Almodóvar's latest film is a masterpiece that balances the personal with the relatable.
January 16, 2020
Almodóvar fills this late-career masterwork with all his obsessions... But he layers them with the contemplation and melancholy of an older artist reflecting on his life, without sentimentality but with soulfulness.
January 8, 2020
Banderas ... is consistently good at conveying vulnerability, but he takes it to another level here, delivering a performance that captures the exhaustion and frustration of a full life.
January 4, 2020
Pain and Glory finds (Antonio) Banderas working with (Pedro) Almodóvar for an 8th time, and the two are magic together.
December 24, 2019
While still embracing the visual facades that make his films such a pleasure to watch, Pain and Glory finds him stripping away the emotional facades, bringing us closer to him than ever before.
December 23, 2019
Banderas has never been more tender-and beautiful.
December 17, 2019
We hadn't seen an Almodovar so lucid and passionate for so long... Pain and Glory is affectionately crafted with courage and intimacy
December 10, 2019
A curiously uninvolving effort from Pedro Almodovar...
December 8, 2019
It's laden with Almodóvar's typical penchant for soapy melodrama, but it remains grounded thanks largely to the finely tuned work of lead actor Antonio Banderas.
December 6, 2019
It's a genre that is often self-indulgent - and occasionally angry and aggrieved - but in the hands of the 70-year-old Spanish master becomes a gentle and generous examination of time, age and the act of creation.
December 1, 2019
A deeply personal film, like Pedro Almodóvar was letting him into his personal diary. Such a powerful piece of cinema
November 21, 2019
Pain and Glory is like getting a letter from Almodovar, but what's here is not all in words. He may not quite be the last filmmaker left who understands the power of color, but his eye has little equal; he notices the harmony of colors.
November 21, 2019
Far from Almodóvar's masterpiece, but there couldn't be a finer capstone to his career than this reckoning with what that career has brought him to.
November 19, 2019
The cast and the direction, particularly the shifting moods, make the film worth several viewings.
November 17, 2019
Almodóvar pleads allegory and the question the film asks, and the filmmaker-within-the-film unwittingly asks, is: how does one maintain or rediscover not only desire, but also first desire? The spark. The fire. The riveting earliest impulses and insights.
November 17, 2019
There is jubilation and wonder to be found in these remembrances, moments of pure bliss that are beyond imagining.
November 15, 2019
Both emotionally dextrous and finely paced.
November 15, 2019
It is [Pedro] Almodovar in a minor key, and it takes some getting used to.
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