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The Skin I Live In Reviews

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November 18, 2011
There are few filmmakers -- David Lynch comes to mind, Woody Allen -- who have a completely unique way of imprinting a film. Nobody but Pedro Almodóvar could have made The Skin I Live In. And that's high compliment.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 16, 2011
Not even DePalma, at his sleaziest, or Hitchcock, at his most sexually frustrated, dared to be so unabashedly ugly.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 14, 2011
It's like an art-house 'Human Centipede.' While it hints at some interesting ideas, it just comes down to a crazy doctor.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
November 11, 2011
This bizarre and disturbing drama has all the Almodovar touches.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 11, 2011
An elaborate puzzle box of a film that continuously confounds expectations in the grandest of ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 11, 2011
works in its own right as a semi-campy gloss on mad scientists, the horrors of medical experimentation, and our own conflicted relationships with the bodies we call home
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 10, 2011
Almodóvar's films regularly deal with sexuality and identity, which he uses here to strip bare the relationship between mentor and muse, oppressor and victim, and creation and destruction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 9, 2011
Banderas still looks great in a suit, and Almodóvar is still a masterful artist concerned with sex, art and exotic Brazilians.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 8, 2011
... the elegance of Almodóvar's design is the movie's main pleasure ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 6, 2011
Unusually perverse even by Almodovar standards. Fascinating dissection of the moral identity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 5, 2011
The frequent disorientation makes things drag; it's hard to get a sense of the movie's pace when you're unsure how all these miscellaneous pieces fit together, or even whether they do.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 4, 2011
It's a disciplined voyage into madness, perhaps not Almodovar's most triumphant piece of work, but a film that most certainly needs to be seen to be believed.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 4, 2011
These are questions one is left with -- and that's not an entirely satisfying feeling. Yet it's hard not to be drawn into the story, and even more, into the gorgeous storytelling.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 3, 2011
Despite its scalpel-like precision, pic falls short of its titular promise, never quite getting under the skin as it should.
November 3, 2011
Only someone as talented as Almodóvar could have mixed such elements without blowing up an entire movie.
November 3, 2011
Pedro Almodóvar wows with the meticulous visual design of his films, but sometimes his narrative architecture is every bit as dazzling.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 3, 2011
Once again, Almodóvar proves a graceful stylist and poised provocateur with a streak of sexual daring and potent gifts for melodrama, comedy and pathos.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 3, 2011
The story has so many twists and turns it's practically writhing, and I'm reluctant to reveal much of it; the movie's power depends on its shock value, and Almodóvar does, indeed, know how to shock.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 3, 2011
This film, by turns macabre, melodramatic, and gothic, makes the heart race and the skin crawl.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 3, 2011
By the end of the movie, when all your questions have been answered, you're left with the exhilarating high of having been manipulated by a gifted artist in a diabolically dark mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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