Reviews

Dec 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.
Nov 17, 2019
There is jubilation and wonder to be found in these remembrances, moments of pure bliss that are beyond imagining.
Nov 6, 2019
Almodóvar shows us that, even after nearly two dozen features over several decades, he can still hold an audience in his hand - and surprise it.
Nov 6, 2019
A masterful, melancholy, tender, lacerating self-examination, filled with colour and light and the ghosts of those he has loved. Almodovar at 70, and perhaps astonishing to himself, continues to grow.
Nov 5, 2019
For all those cinemagoers who have been enthralled by Almodovar's work over the years this very personal movie, with its superbly pitched central performance by Banderas, will be immensely rewarding.
Nov 4, 2019
Antonio Banderas is riveting in Pedro Almodóvar's pensive, nostalgic, and contemplative Pain and Glory.
Oct 24, 2019
Antonio Banderas gives his best, most committed performance in years as a film director looking back over his life in "Pain and Glory," a typically rich, layered film from director Pedro Almodóvar.
Oct 24, 2019
Banderas creates a shadow image of Almodóvar, with similar hair and physique, without becoming a replica. It's a very controlled performance.
Oct 18, 2019
As I admired Banderas' performance, and both the film's striking beauty and its soul-baring honesty, I almost that ennui too oppressive.
Oct 18, 2019
There's plenty of artfulness on display in the intertwining of life and what gets made of it, but also a fair helping of artifice. Art imitating life, but also improving it a bit.
Oct 18, 2019
"Pain and Glory" stays with you, and grows richer with reflection.
Oct 18, 2019
It's one more example here of Almodóvar's ability to take pairs - not just people, but concepts (like, say, present and past, or pain and glory) - and happily join them.
Oct 17, 2019
Despite its sometimes-grim subject matter, "Pain and Glory" has plenty of Almodóvar's playful humor and love of the absurd.
Oct 16, 2019
The quiet, deliberate and slowly building "Pain & Glory" may not have all the exuberant cinematic flourishes for which Almodóvar is known but its power rests in its restraint.
Oct 15, 2019
Everything, notably the interiors, are simply too beautiful to be anything but the work of an exalted imagination.
Oct 15, 2019
[Antonio] Banderas saves the day and is a revelation as his mentor's alter-ego. His nuanced performance fills in the cracks of this moderately engaging and slightly indulgent self-portrait.
Oct 12, 2019
Emotions and eye-popping colors tell the director's deeply personal story, with Antonio Banderas front and center.
Oct 11, 2019
The movie's expressive moments-and there are many-are largely uprooted, decontextualized, and dematerialized, planted like index cards rather than allowed to unfold and to develop.
Oct 8, 2019
"Pain and Glory," all about healing rifts and rejoining life, is personal and universal. It's also simple in a way that's incandescent - suffused by a strange and beautiful gentleness of spirit.
Oct 7, 2019
Almodovar's given us a film that's got a soft surface but a hard, distinguished core at its center. He hasn't changed; he's adjusted. He's mellowed out - and he's more than earned it.