Volver Reviews

February 6, 2018
Volver disappoints.
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.
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.
January 1, 2007
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.
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.
December 22, 2006
The Return rattles its chains for a spell, but it doesn't linger -- it quickly leaves.
November 28, 2006
The movie is almost unbearably slow at times, and it was way too long at a little over two hours.
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.
November 21, 2006
From start to finish, there is just nothing to Volver.
October 30, 2006
...The film, against my wishes, left me unmoved.
October 12, 2006
One of Almodóvar's more subdued works, 'Volver' mixes genres but in the end achieves neither serious drama nor serious comedy.
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.
September 11, 2006
...there's a lot here that works, but there's far more that's simply interminable.
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.