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The Skin I Live In Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 23, 2011
Few filmmakers are more assured or alluring, even when we fear we're following a monster.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
November 3, 2011
Despite its scalpel-like precision, pic falls short of its titular promise, never quite getting under the skin as it should.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 3, 2011
Only someone as talented as Almodóvar could have mixed such elements without blowing up an entire movie.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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+
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 3, 2011
As beautifully shot as it is perversely scripted, and you're likely to love it or hate it but not feel indifferently.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
October 28, 2011
Though beautiful to look at and graced with moments of ticklish camp, The Skin I Live In is also sluggish, arbitrarily conceived and, especially in its sagging middle, unaccountably dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 28, 2011
The film has more twists than a bull's neck and mucho polish (Alberto Iglesias's jazzy score also enchants), but it's more freaky than frightful, a "B" picture by an "A" director.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 27, 2011
"The Skin I Live in'' is Almodóvar reaching back to his sickest, kinkiest self, and it's nice to see him trying to luxuriate in sleaze again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 27, 2011
Time and again this mad masterwork has you thinking, "Oh, no, they wouldn't dare go there." And then it goes several steps further.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 21, 2011
It may take a day or two before you figure out whether you actually like it. You could spend the first 24 hours merely trying to figure out what it is you just saw.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 20, 2011
"The Skin I Live In" is like a David Cronenberg horror film as made by a director who doesn't fear the body but revels in it, who is too sensual and amoral by nature to find anything truly disgusting or foreign.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 20, 2011
Almodovar delivers his usual satiny mise-en-scene, though in this case it tends to undermine the creepy material.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 20, 2011
The film is an exercise in improbable contrasts. The more extreme the actions of the characters, the more contained and fastidious the director's technique.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 20, 2011
Though I usually take pleasure in Almodovar's sexy darkness, this film induces queasiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
October 17, 2011
The most spontaneous of all movie artists has succumbed to "art," and the results are a disaster.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 14, 2011
Almodóvar's creepy derangements take too long to come into focus; the first half of the movie, especially, is unnecessarily confusing. But it all achieves a loony unity by the end.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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William Goss
Film.com
October 14, 2011
Almodovar's direction carries with it an air of precision that mutes the often preposterous nature of the proceedings in a manner evocative of de Palma's playful streak (if less egregious).
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Dana Stevens
Slate
October 14, 2011
Though the story boils over with extreme acts of passion and vengeance, Almodóvar's examination of these two damaged people's troubled coexistence remains a cold (if impressively executed) formalist exercise.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 14, 2011
Almodovar makes some missteps in his icky mélange of melodrama and mischief, but the end result is playfully devious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 14, 2011
Almodóvar offers up a grisly Halloween trick-and-treat in his first full-out horror movie, an eye-popping and genuinely shocking gender-bending twist on Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo.''
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 14, 2011
It is guaranteed to make many audiences uncomfortable, if not outright enraged. It is, in other words, pure prime Almodóvar. And it is a pleasure to have him back.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 13, 2011
As coldly calculating and infuriating as it can be, the film and its production design are stunning. But characters' actions and motivations are beyond comprehension.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
October 13, 2011
A disturbing experiment in terror that calls to mind some of the all-time horror classics -- particularly Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face -- while boldly striking out on its own.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 13, 2011
Anything for Halloween? I'd vouch for The Skin I Live In, a scary, sexy and terrifically twisted horror film from the artist known as Pedro Almodóvar.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 13, 2011
Every time you think you know what the movie is up to, it takes an astonishing new turn.
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
October 13, 2011
If theory ultimately outstrips drama in this semi-serious inquest into identity, gender and love, the filmmaking is often thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 13, 2011
Were we born this way or made? Mr. Almodóvar has his ideas, which he playfully explores with each labyrinthine turn.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 13, 2011
The Skin I Live In is only middling Pedro -- which is to say, better than 78% of other people's films. But it has gleaming surfaces hiding the darkest habits.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 12, 2011
Surreal but disappointingly drab, it's still not the best Almodovar in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 12, 2011
This feels almost like a parody of Almodovar, with its melodramatic tone and themes of gender, identity, sex and revenge.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
October 11, 2011
It's almost as if Almodóvar wanted to reach out into a gory genre, but couldn't do so without wearing prissy gloves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
October 11, 2011
[An] ever-unfurling, ultimately infuriating web of a film.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
October 11, 2011
... this is as visually and sonically gorgeous as anything Almodovar has ever done.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 10, 2011
It's the only Almodóvar movie in which feeling, emotional or sexual, doesn't suffuse the imagery and hold the ramshackle melodrama together.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 10, 2011
Thematically it works, even when it falls short dramatically.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 8, 2011
The revelation of a gruesome back story seems, often, to serve as much for laughs as for dramatic heft in what is one of Almodovar's lighter efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
May 20, 2011
If you took a Weekly World News cover story and tried to reverse-engineer a screenplay from the headline, it might look something like The Skin I Live In.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 19, 2011
It's less a film you'll fall in love with than a film you'll tell your friends they absolutely must see, and that should be enough to make it a hit around the world.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
May 19, 2011
'The Skin I Live In' is rooted in pain and loss, which pulls the film's more melodramatic side into a more thoughtful, provocative place than its surface suggests.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5