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Volver Reviews

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-
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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+
December 22, 2006
If Almodovar is in great form, Cruz is even shapelier, with no small number of gags involving her cleavage.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 21, 2006
[A] gritty melodrama tempered by surreal black humor.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 21, 2006
A deeply entertaining experience that engages our hearts as well as our funny bones.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2006
A movie with more in its heart than on its mind, Pedro Almodóvar's Volver doesn't approach the brilliance of his recent films Talk to Her and Bad Education.
Read More | Original Score: B
November 24, 2006
A feast of colours, swooning camera movements, lushly orchestrated musical cues and meticulously fetishized symbolism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 22, 2006
The result is intoxicating; a free-spinning story that's by its end enormously satisfying, creating its own kind of magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 22, 2006
The women are left to do the best they can. That turns out to be enough to keep you watching through to the final twist -- as unlikely as everything else in this nonetheless extremely likable movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 22, 2006
What a distinctive filmmaker Almodovar has become.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 22, 2006
One of the amazing things about Volver is that Almodóvar once again manages to make a preposterous, overloaded plot seem sublime and organic.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 22, 2006
Pity Pedro Almodóvar. He's so good so often that the world has come to expect a masterpiece with every new picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 8, 2006
The late François Truffaut was frequently described as a filmmaker who loved women, but not even Monsieur Truffuat could come close to Señor Almodóvar in his intelligent, perceptive and creative appreciation of women in Volver.
November 6, 2006
It's very moving, It's beautifully done.
November 6, 2006
[Almodóvar's] once-kitschy obsession with color and surface continues to deepen into a big, bold, almost painterly style.
November 3, 2006
Almodóvar is still one of the few directors worth watching just for how he uses color on the screen. But the pleasures have always run much deeper, and now they run deeper still.
Read More | Original Score: A-
November 3, 2006
You do not want to miss this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 3, 2006
Almodóvar is a great filmmaker, and his skills remain intact -- Volver is polished, well-acted, completely personal cinema. Yet it still feels slight -- more a tapas than a meal.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 3, 2006
Almodóvar milks this premise for all it's worth with witty dialogue, terrific performances -- and less-flamboyant-than-usual visuals that are still a red-accented treat for the eye.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 3, 2006
For a black comedy whose tangled sequence of events is completely improbable, Pedro Almodóvar's Volver feels absolutely authentic. So, think of everything as metaphor and enjoy one of the year's most delectably twisted treats.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 2, 2006
From the very first shot of Volver... you know you're in masterful hands.
November 2, 2006
Volver is suspenseful, clever, gently funny and always emotionally resonant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 2, 2006
Like most homecomings (or at least most good ones), Pedro Almodóvar's Volver is warm, emotional and forever on the brink of tears -- peppered with bouts of pique, old resentments that flare up and moments of intense and lyrical longing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 2, 2006
Pedro Almodóvar has made yet another picture that moves beyond camp into a realm of wise, luxuriant humanism.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
November 2, 2006
I have always felt that Almodóvar was at his best as an artist when he was at his most playful. Volver is about deadly serious matters of the heart, but it often has a screwball spirit. The darker things are, the funnier.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 2, 2006
[A] vibrant film that's pure class, pure imagination and pure Almodovar.
November 2, 2006
Cruz has never been more radiant and funny: Comparisons to Sophia Loren in her Vittorio DeSica heyday are flying about, and richly warranted.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 2, 2006
The movie is enjoyable, but not passionately engaging in the way we've come to expect from Almodóvar, and it leaves you somewhat cold in spite of the warmth of Cruz's galvanic performance.
November 1, 2006
Once again, the director confronts women on the verge of a nervous breakdown in a film full of humor and affection.
November 1, 2006
Watching Volver, Pedro Almodóvar's latest poker-faced extravagance, you realize just how far his women have come from the days when they were living on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 31, 2006
Almodóvar's generous vision isn't just unique, it's color-coordinated.
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
October 31, 2006
Red, in every conceivable shade, is, not surprisingly, a key color in Volver, a movie about the towering virtues of high heels and the indomitable power of good old 35mm celluloid.
October 30, 2006
What a run this millennium for Pedro Almodóvar: one strange and fabulous feature after the next, each in a different style, each so deftly controlled that you hardly register its subversiveness until after you've been hooked by its story.
October 30, 2006
...The film, against my wishes, left me unmoved.
October 7, 2006
This is a movie about mothers and children that dispatches with the usual goopy sentiment. Volver reassures us that you can go home again -- if only in the movies.
October 4, 2006
Volver (roughly translated: "To Return") is a magical film, but that magic is in the filmmaking [...] itself.
September 23, 2006
A tale of sisterhood, told with playful affection and abiding gratitude.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 24, 2006
...It's some achievement that the film is both funnier and more moving on repeated viewing, when its pervasive dramatic ironies emerge.
May 19, 2006
Richly entertaining fantasy from a cinematic master.
March 28, 2006
Richly evocative.