The Skin I Live In Reviews

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December 20, 2018
The Skin I Live In is well worth seeing. Mad scientists overwhelmed by hubris are nothing new but no iteration of the story has been told in quite this way.
February 18, 2012
November 23, 2011
Few filmmakers are more assured or alluring, even when we fear we're following a monster.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 3, 2011
This film, by turns macabre, melodramatic, and gothic, makes the heart race and the skin crawl.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 20, 2011
Almodovar delivers his usual satiny mise-en-scene, though in this case it tends to undermine the creepy material.
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.
October 20, 2011
Though I usually take pleasure in Almodovar's sexy darkness, this film induces queasiness.
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