Volver Reviews

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February 6, 2018
Volver disappoints.
July 2, 2009
It's up to charm to twinkle our attention away from the loose threads and daytime TV plotting.
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.
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.
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.
December 22, 2006
The Return rattles its chains for a spell, but it doesn't linger -- it quickly leaves.
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.
December 22, 2006
If Almodovar is in great form, Cruz is even shapelier, with no small number of gags involving her cleavage.
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.
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.
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.
December 21, 2006
A deeply entertaining experience that engages our hearts as well as our funny bones.
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.
November 24, 2006
A feast of colours, swooning camera movements, lushly orchestrated musical cues and meticulously fetishized symbolism.
November 22, 2006
The result is intoxicating; a free-spinning story that's by its end enormously satisfying, creating its own kind of magic.
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.
November 22, 2006
What a distinctive filmmaker Almodovar has become.
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.
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.
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