Volver Reviews

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June 18, 2019
The film is, almost by definition, deeper, more intelligent, more nuanced and more beautifully filmed than at least 95 percent of the movies coming out of Hollywood - if not more.
September 12, 2017
Beautiful performances, a refreshing story, and spot-on comedic timing make this a wonderful movie.
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.
August 19, 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.
November 16, 2012
Almodóvar's phantasms are emotionally anchored so the story never gets away from its characters -- just when you suspect he might have overplayed his hand he stages a clever, surprising inversion to tie the film together.
August 28, 2009
Almodóvar's maturity navigates not only the thin lines between comedy and drama and between body and spirit, but also between rebellion and acceptance
July 2, 2009
It's up to charm to twinkle our attention away from the loose threads and daytime TV plotting.
November 20, 2008
June 21, 2008
At the center of this hectic universe, [Cruz] never misses a step and may even elevate what Almodovar originally conceived.
May 12, 2008
With all its unexpected twists and turns, the story still unfolds naturally, like some gaudy Mediterranean flower.
February 28, 2008
Pedro Almodovar's Volver is amazingly bright, fresh and clean for a film dealing with murder, adultery, incest, malignant disease and the occasional supernatural apparition.
July 14, 2007
April 27, 2007
Hollywood, take notice: If you hand Penelope Cruz a role with more depth than the paper it's printed on, this is what you'll get.
April 16, 2007
March 30, 2007
Until now, you may not have considered Penelope Cruz the modern-day successor to Barbara Stanwyck and Joan Crawford. But director Pedro Almodovar's delightful 'Volver' could change your mind.
February 11, 2007
...a knowing treatise on the currents that run between mothers and daughters.
February 11, 2007
So how good is Spanish writer-director Pedro Almodóvar's latest effort? "Volver" (to return) is so mesmerizingly quirky that I sat through a screening with an injured right arm writhing with pain as I became immersed in the film.
February 10, 2007
The Spanish master brings his own story to the screen with intense emotion, vivid characterization (so rare in too many of his colleagues) and a marvellous sense of magic ...
February 9, 2007
In this hand-stitched, gentle giant of a film, return is recovery -- by its very nature -- and all ghosts are friendly if you'd only let them in.
February 5, 2007
Almodovar's latest is an emotionally rich film about forgiveness, atonement, and second chances that either sex can relate to.
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