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Volver Reviews

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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
November 21, 2006
One excellent performance does not a captivating drama make; this is just a colorful, great-looking but weepy telenovela that will require three cups of coffee to endure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
August 25, 2006
Almodovar infuses proceedings with a horrible sense of self-satisfaction and also has a disconcerting habit of lots of lingering, leery shots of his lead actresses' bodies, including a pervy close-up of a teenage girl's groin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 11, 2006
...there's a lot here that works, but there's far more that's simply interminable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 2, 2007
By the time it gets back to Raimunda and Paula and their never-too-heavy plight you've all but forgotten about them, and really couldn't care much either.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
November 28, 2006
The movie is almost unbearably slow at times, and it was way too long at a little over two hours.
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January 1, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
October 12, 2006
One of Almodóvar's more subdued works, 'Volver' mixes genres but in the end achieves neither serious drama nor serious comedy.
October 30, 2006
...The film, against my wishes, left me unmoved.
November 21, 2006
From start to finish, there is just nothing to Volver.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 28, 2006
Though it may seem churlish to knock a film-maker whose only crime has been a naked desire to please audiences, Volver really is one of Pedro Almodóvar's weaker efforts.
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.
Read More | Original Score: B
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.
September 12, 2017
Beautiful performances, a refreshing story, and spot-on comedic timing make this a wonderful movie.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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.
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 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
November 22, 2006
What a distinctive filmmaker Almodovar has become.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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