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Though The Flower of My Secret is a slight work, it is a pleasing return to form.
The movie is full of familiar Almodovar fare, but it feels freshened.
An intimate, beautifully wrought work, it reflects a new maturity in Almodovar's work and is one of his best pictures.
It's bland as often as it is affecting, and presents little that's new or original.
Likely to be disappointing to Almodovar's admirers, and inexplicable to anyone else.
It slowly unfolds from a narrow satire into a romance that's rich with real-life bitterness.
There is not much of a plot; just real, romantically entwined lives -- a world away from the gaudy camp Almodovar had begun to tire us with.
If it isn't as successful as his very best work, neither is it a failure -- and there are certainly enough Alomodovarisms to bring a smile to anyone's face
Dramatizes the contentious relationship between fiction and reality.
an archetypal romantic comedy that reshapes the mold
I found this dramatization a mature Almodovar work, perceptive and cutting through in an incisive way to the everyday problems in life that wear people down.
Depicts the magical turnaround in the life of a writer of romance novels.
Minor but not less entertaining Almodóvar, filled with his usual visual flair and bizarre and soapoperarish trademarks.
A romance novel writer attempts to save her failing marriage while pursued by her new editor.
This Almodovar film is simple and simplistic melodrama. There are all the elements: an overly emotional protagonist who obsesses over the wrong man and tries to kill herself, a family drama with a dying mother, and some coincidences too coincidental to be believed.
All of the film's flaws notwithstanding, I found Almodovar's dialogue less stilted and her characters a little more realistic than I normally do, so there were some diamonds in the rough. But overall, it's mostly rough.
A little more 'mainstream' than the Almodóvar I've come to know and love, but still very enjoyable.
It will take a spectacular film from Pedro Almodóvar to knock Hable con ella and Volver out of the #1 and #2 positions on my favorite Almodóvar list. After seeing this one, I'm still looking for that better film. This didn't really strike me as bearing all the Almodóvar marks that I admire most. In fact, I found it a bit tedious. But I'll not give up my search. Every one of his productions is worth seeing at least once, just so you can know you've seen it. It's never a waste of time.
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