What Have I Done to Deserve This? (Qu he hecho yo para merecer esto!!) (1984)

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Filmmaker Pedro Almodvar, the Luis Buuel of the 1980s, cooks up another perversely funny descent into urban hell in What Have I Done to Deserve This? Carmen Maura plays a middle-class housewife hemmed in by her wildly eccentric relatives. Her principal purpose in life is a balancing act: to keep her head fastened on securely while all others are losing theirs. Film buffs will have a field day toting up Almodvar's visual and verbal allusions to the works of Buuel, Brian De Palma, Billy Wilder, John Waters, and even Andy Warhol. What Have I Done to Deserve This? was originally titled Que He Hecho Yo Para Merecer Esto? ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for What Have I Done to Deserve This? (Qu he hecho yo para merecer esto!!)

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Diverting, with a light suggestion of talent.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

When Almodóvar attempts a plot the film becomes tedious.

Aug 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Vacant black comedy.

Mar 5, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Almodovar's fourth feature (but the first to be released in the US) may be one of his most realistic films, an offbeat, darkly humorous feminist comedy with a great performance by Carmen Maura.

Mar 7, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It's all a lot like early period John Waters -- only better acted and set in Madrid.

Aug 20, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A somewhat harsh critique of a Spanish culture that dooms women to indentured servitude.

May 4, 2005 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for What Have I Done to Deserve This? (Qu he hecho yo para merecer esto!!)

Hitler, a lizard, a prostitute, a telekinetic neighbor and a dead body in the kitchen. I suppose it wouldn't be a Pedro Almodóvar film if it didn't make you say "WTF?" at least once. Deliciously weird.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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It's a mish mash of the typical Almodóvar plot lines and characters, and though the stew never comes as consistent as it should and many of the threads are left hanging up in the air at the end, it's still a worthy entry in his oeuvre.

Matheus Carvalho
Matheus Carvalho

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I'm still trying to decide about this movie. I think I'm trying to make it have more of a point than it did. When I think about it just as a movie about a struggling family I enjoy it but for some reason I keep trying to figure out the meaning or the significance of it.

Megan S
Megan S

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Not a bad movie by any means, just not very interesting. It's also one of the first Almodovar films where you can actually notice his mark. QUE HE HECHO YO PARA MERECER ESTO! suffers from a few plot holes and sensitive subject matter treated incorrectly. On the other hand, the score is great, as well as the cast, where Carmen Maura and Verónica Forqué stand out.

Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda

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