Volver Reviews

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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
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
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
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
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.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
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
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
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
Graham Rae
Film Threat
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
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
November 28, 2006
The movie is almost unbearably slow at times, and it was way too long at a little over two hours.
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
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 12, 2006
One of Almodóvar's more subdued works, 'Volver' mixes genres but in the end achieves neither serious drama nor serious comedy.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
October 30, 2006
...The film, against my wishes, left me unmoved.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
November 21, 2006
From start to finish, there is just nothing to Volver.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Peter Matthews
Sight and Sound
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.
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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 93/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 22, 2006
What a distinctive filmmaker Almodovar has become.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 31, 2006
Although Volver has a tendency to stray too far down tangential paths, it is ultimately satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 21, 2006
The pleasures of the new Pedro Almodovar film Volver, and they are many, have less to do with deep wells of feeling than they do with mastery of craft and a magnificent sort of artifice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 2, 2006
From the very first shot of Volver... you know you're in masterful hands.
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
November 11, 2006
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
Gary Susman
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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