Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) Reviews

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November 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.
November 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.
October 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.
October 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.
October 18, 2019
"Pain and Glory" stays with you, and grows richer with reflection.
October 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.
October 17, 2019
Despite its sometimes-grim subject matter, "Pain and Glory" has plenty of Almodóvar's playful humor and love of the absurd.
October 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.
October 12, 2019
Emotions and eye-popping colors tell the director's deeply personal story, with Antonio Banderas front and center.
October 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.
October 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.
Top Critic
October 7, 2019
The colors alone will inspire doctoral dissertations.
October 5, 2019
Pain and Glory is at once the gentlest and most emotionally naked movie Pedro Almodóvar has ever made.
Top Critic
October 4, 2019
Painful for sure, but glorious too, Pain and Glory is Spanish wunderkind Pedro Almodóvar's best and most moving film in years-a brave and wrenching self-portrait of an aging artist under the siege of age and the fear of death.
October 4, 2019
There is something thrilling, not dulled, in the very honesty of the film, and in the vigor with which feelings, expressed at any age, can strike us like a slap in the face.
October 4, 2019
In a way, casting Banderas is yet another special piece of Almodóvar's biography he's added into this highly personal film. Just don't take the film literally.
Top Critic
October 3, 2019
Performing at his mature finest, Banderas moves up and down the emotional register from mournful to puckish to regretful to freshly hopeful with a restraint that dials down Almodovar's breathy melodrama almost to straight realism.
October 3, 2019
Mixes darkness with light, melancholia with drollery, nostalgia with renewal, and regret for lost love with ineffable tenderness.
October 3, 2019
"Pain and Glory" can be achingly sad, but its pleasures, rainbow hues and humor keep it (and you) aloft.
October 3, 2019
A surprise in all ways except its surpassing quality, "Pain and Glory" reveals master Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar forging dazzling new paths while being completely himself.
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