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Volver Reviews

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
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-
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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
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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
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 30, 2006
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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
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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
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
Full Review | 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.
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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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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
November 24, 2006
A feast of colours, swooning camera movements, lushly orchestrated musical cues and meticulously fetishized symbolism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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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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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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
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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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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 6, 2006
It's very moving, It's beautifully done.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
November 6, 2006
[Almodóvar's] once-kitschy obsession with color and surface continues to deepen into a big, bold, almost painterly style.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 3, 2006
You do not want to miss this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 2, 2006
Volver is suspenseful, clever, gently funny and always emotionally resonant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 2, 2006
Pedro Almodóvar has made yet another picture that moves beyond camp into a realm of wise, luxuriant humanism.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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+
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David Germain
Associated Press
November 2, 2006
[A] vibrant film that's pure class, pure imagination and pure Almodovar.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 1, 2006
Once again, the director confronts women on the verge of a nervous breakdown in a film full of humor and affection.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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
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David Ansen
Newsweek
October 31, 2006
Almodóvar's generous vision isn't just unique, it's color-coordinated.
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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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Rob Nelson
Village Voice
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.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
October 30, 2006
...The film, against my wishes, left me unmoved.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 23, 2006
A tale of sisterhood, told with playful affection and abiding gratitude.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ben Walters
Time Out
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.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
May 19, 2006
Richly entertaining fantasy from a cinematic master.
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March 28, 2006
Richly evocative.