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Volver Reviews

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September 12, 2017
Beautiful performances, a refreshing story, and spot-on comedic timing make this a wonderful movie.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 23, 2017
This is a woman's picture in the best sense of the term, anchored by bravura turns from Penelope Cruz and Carmen Maura. Something of a departure for the Spanish auteur, it also seals his status as a cinematic master. Never that this was much in doubt.
August 18, 2017
Almodóvar himself once again returning, with delicious self-consciousness, to an old plot. . . and reconfiguring it, as he does here even more radically than in his other recent films, in the subtle but provocative manner of his mature style.
November 16, 2012
Almodóvar's phantasms are emotionally anchored so the story never gets away from its characters -- just when you suspect he might have overplayed his hand he stages a clever, surprising inversion to tie the film together.
| Original Score: 4/5
August 28, 2009
Almodóvar's maturity navigates not only the thin lines between comedy and drama and between body and spirit, but also between rebellion and acceptance
July 2, 2009
It's up to charm to twinkle our attention away from the loose threads and daytime TV plotting.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 21, 2008
At the center of this hectic universe, [Cruz] never misses a step and may even elevate what Almodovar originally conceived.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 12, 2008
With all its unexpected twists and turns, the story still unfolds naturally, like some gaudy Mediterranean flower.
February 28, 2008
Pedro Almodovar's Volver is amazingly bright, fresh and clean for a film dealing with murder, adultery, incest, malignant disease and the occasional supernatural apparition.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
April 27, 2007
Hollywood, take notice: If you hand Penelope Cruz a role with more depth than the paper it's printed on, this is what you'll get.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 30, 2007
Until now, you may not have considered Penelope Cruz the modern-day successor to Barbara Stanwyck and Joan Crawford. But director Pedro Almodovar's delightful 'Volver' could change your mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 11, 2007
...a knowing treatise on the currents that run between mothers and daughters.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 11, 2007
So how good is Spanish writer-director Pedro Almodóvar's latest effort? "Volver" (to return) is so mesmerizingly quirky that I sat through a screening with an injured right arm writhing with pain as I became immersed in the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 10, 2007
The Spanish master brings his own story to the screen with intense emotion, vivid characterization (so rare in too many of his colleagues) and a marvellous sense of magic ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 9, 2007
In this hand-stitched, gentle giant of a film, return is recovery -- by its very nature -- and all ghosts are friendly if you'd only let them in.
February 5, 2007
Almodovar's latest is an emotionally rich film about forgiveness, atonement, and second chances that either sex can relate to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 3, 2007
Even if Volver sounds too high-concept for you, know that Almodóvar is smart enough not to rest on laughs alone, extending his premise to dark, though occasionally tidy psychological territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
February 2, 2007
Pedro Almodóvar gives Penelope Cruz a great woman's role that recalls the classic performances of Italian actress Anna Magnani.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
February 1, 2007
It feels like a Chabrol film.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 31, 2007
The way that Almodovar's resilient women rise above their traumatic pasts to serve one another and their community is a microcosm of idealized reality that welcomes scrutiny.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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