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Volver Reviews

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Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
December 30, 2006
Far and away the best and most convincing work that she has ever done.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 28, 2006
Pedro Almodóvar whipstitches a movie from patches of those mother-daughter melodramas Mildred Pierce, Bellissima and Two Women and makes it seamless and original, funny as it is fierce, breathtaking as it is life-affirming.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
December 26, 2006
Once Almodovar gets all the nasty men out of the picture, he's free to create his utopia of women, whose chronic widowhood must have been achieved by boring their husbands to death.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
December 22, 2006
A rare success in the overcrowded (with formulaic disappointments) field of movies about estranged mothers and daughters who, at last, find a way to understand each other.
| Original Score: B
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
December 22, 2006
Whatever the director asks of Cruz she delivers with poise and sincerity. It's easily her finest work, and one of the year's best performances.
| Original Score: A-
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
December 22, 2006
The Return rattles its chains for a spell, but it doesn't linger -- it quickly leaves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 22, 2006
Penelope Cruz lights up the screen in a role that she seems born to play; she's vibrant, funny, strong, and vulnerable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 22, 2006
Volver is rich, crazy, ambitious and filled with heaven and earth in a way that no other filmmaker can touch. It is a flawed beauty, but the beauty is so much more important than the flaws.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 22, 2006
If Almodovar is in great form, Cruz is even shapelier, with no small number of gags involving her cleavage.
| Original Score: 4/4
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
December 22, 2006
Typically unpredictable Almodovar surprise, but this time it's enjoyable.
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Matt Weitz
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 22, 2006
Volver qualifies as a must-see movie for the director's fans or for those who wish to admire one of the greatest living cinema artists.
| Original Score: B+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 22, 2006
Ripe with female characters and embroidered with flourishes that hint at Hollywood's Golden Age, Volver is one of Almodóvar's finest films. It is also one of his most emotionally delightful.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 22, 2006
The new film by Pedro Almodóvar is less ambitious than its predecessors, but all the more delightful in its smallness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
December 21, 2006
A wonderfully talented cast led by the best performance Cruz has given in years, but I am not convinced it is the Oscar-worthy turn some have been promoting it to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
December 21, 2006
[A] gritty melodrama tempered by surreal black humor.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
December 21, 2006
Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar always has fun toying with our perceptions and expectations and does it yet again with Volver, a darkly comic look at mortality and family secrets.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 21, 2006
A deeply entertaining experience that engages our hearts as well as our funny bones.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 21, 2006
Its buoyant script and zesty cast make a convincing argument that you can't fully appreciate life without having a healthy respect for death.
| Original Score: 3/4
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
December 21, 2006
Volver is a rapturous, freewheeling valentine to the [female] gender as a whole, and as luxuriously voluptuous as the women who populate it.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 21, 2006
The Cannes Film Festival jury threw up its hands and gave this year's Best Actress Award to all six of the film's stars. They're so fine that refusing to choose between them was the only sensible choice.
| Original Score: 3/4
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