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Volver Reviews

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
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
Fernando F. Croce
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
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
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-
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
June 21, 2008
At the center of this hectic universe, [Cruz] never misses a step and may even elevate what Almodovar originally conceived.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
May 12, 2008
With all its unexpected twists and turns, the story still unfolds naturally, like some gaudy Mediterranean flower.
Brandon Fibbs
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
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
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
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
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
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
February 11, 2007
...a knowing treatise on the currents that run between mothers and daughters.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dan Lybarger
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.
Eric Melin
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
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 1, 2007
It feels like a Chabrol film.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Cole Smithey
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+
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
January 29, 2007
Comedic soap opera meets ghost story in "Volver," a haunting and often surprising story about a woman who faces challenges at every turn.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Mike Ward
January 29, 2007
Volver is far from a paint-by-numbers, Mad Lib of a movie, but rather a fresh and touching exploration of family, tragedy and second chances.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
January 29, 2007
Almodovar treats even the most eccentric of the film's females with compassion, empathy, affection and appreciation. He seems almost to envy them, like a kid who longs to be one of Robin Hood's Merry Men.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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