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Volver Reviews

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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
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.
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
January 27, 2007
...if Volver turns out to be more conventional than we might first suppose, Almodovar lets us down easy, with a deep and generous wit that forgives even the worst crimes humanity can commit.
Read More | Original Score: 93/100
January 26, 2007
... Almodovar's most accessible and empathetic work yet.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 26, 2007
... a dark comic thriller with at least as many twists and turns as your typical Spanish 'telenovela.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 26, 2007
When the film does work itself up to a boil, it's worth the wait.
Read More | Original Score: B+
January 26, 2007
Almodovar at his warmest and most accessible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 25, 2007
Supplying dialogue for multifaceted female characters isn't Almodovar's lone specialty, but it's safe to say he does it better than most people in the film business today.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
January 24, 2007
Nothing short of moviegoing nirvana.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 19, 2007
It's clever and entertaining. It's marvelously deft, but never daffy. It works well enough, despite feeling like the most conventional film this great, envelope-pushing Spanish director has ever made.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 19, 2007
Although no director has ever been as fascinated with and supportive of women as Almodóvar, in Volver he outdoes himself. Though the plot is fictitious, the characters are designed as a memory and tribute to the women in Almodóvar's childhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
January 18, 2007
A light, charming comedy with three murders and a death.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 18, 2007
The unpredictable way all these stories begin to weave together makes it impossible to know where Volver is going until the final act. But it's the exploration of the ties that bind mothers to daughters that offers the real substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 17, 2007
I'm not supposed to say this, as a woman, as a film critic, and particularly as a woman film critic, but I'm not a fan of Pedro Almodóvar.
January 12, 2007
Almodovar finds unusual camera angles to break up the straightforward storytelling. But for the first time I recall, not a single male character is crucial to his story, and no actor has a leading role. You won't miss them.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 12, 2007
Volver shifts effortlessly from suspense to pathos to giddy humor; the cast members negotiate all these changes while delivering low-keyed, reality-rooted performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 11, 2007
The film is realistic, yet Almodóvar's touch of the absurd and the madcap infiltrate everything that occurs while his candy-colored visual palette lends a brightness to what in other hands might have taken the form of a sordid tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 11, 2007
[Almodóvar] raises some intriguing and moving ideas in Volver, but the plot strands are not woven tightly together, remaining loose and frayed. It's a shame, because the potential was there for a great film. Instead, we merely get a good one.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 11, 2007
Almodovar's in a playful mood here, yet there's no mistaking the seriousness with which he takes the movie's theme of empowerment through sisterhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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