Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 34
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 34
  3. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. It's filled with marvelous performances, fabulous wit, and some dizzying images.
  2. 75
    Almodovar has created an ecstatic homage to the women who have inspired him all his life.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    A tender genuflection to the women's energies that keep that spinning world from keeling over.
  4. Almodovar still populates his work with characters you'll see nowhere else in movies.
  5. For me it felt like a good many weeks at a politically correct summer camp, though the talented actors--including Cecilia Roth, Eloy Azorin, Marisa Paredes, Toni Canto, Antonia San Juan, and Penelope Cruz--certainly seem to enjoy the taste of the characters they're playing.
  6. 88
    The characters have a weight and reality, as if Almodovar has finally taken pity on them--has seen that although their plights may seem ludicrous, they're real enough to hurt. These are people who stand outside conventional life and its rules, and yet affirm them.
  7. Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    88
    Generous in spirit and always engaging as it demonstrates that no matter how difficult life may become, there's no excuse for being drab.
  8. Some will find the movie's sexual antics too explicit and unconventional for comfort.
  9. 80
    The unfettered comedy of life bubbling up from the Spanish unconscious continues to be proudly liberationist, gloriously extreme, and achingly human.
  10. Almodóvar's masterwork, is a spectacular synthesis of everything that has always interested him -- proud women, lovely boys, beautiful drag queens, grand movie stars, gorgeous frocks, wild wallpaper .
  11. 90
    Funny and wise, lively and contemplative, intriguingly postmodern and powerfully moving, all at the same time. It's not to be missed.
  12. 90
    Just about everyone worth knowing in All About My Mother is female in spirit, which is to say they're all sexy, impossible, powerfully durable souls, quarrelsome and loyal, inventive at navigating the tragedies.
  13. A surprisingly satisfying combination of bawdy sexual humor, genuine emotion and a plot with mechanics so excessive that Almodóvar himself calls it "a screwball drama."
  14. 63
    The work of a talented filmmaker coasting on his own fumes.
  15. 90
    The most heartfelt tribute to women -- specifically, actresses -- he's (Almodovar) ever made.
  16. Almodovar is adept at weaving together strands you'd never guess would match.
  17. 100
    The year's best foreign-language movie an absolute must-see.
  18. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    This is humanism in drag: Almodovar's passionate redefinition of family values.
  19. This is more than a movie: It's Almodovar's design for living.
  20. 100
    Brimming with bittersweet wit and emotion and built with deceptively fluent craft.
  21. 90
    Pedro Almodovar's transfixing tragicomedy -- the best foreign movie of the year -- is also the best showcase for actresses in ages.
  22. 90
    So intrinsically rich that it doesn't need any metaphors.
  23. No one else makes movies like this Spanish director.
  24. Almodovar imbues his Harlequin-novel-meets-Marvel-comic-book melodramas with something more than a wink and a smile, and it's beguiling.
  25. As dark as a Greek tragedy yet it has a vibrance and joie de vivre that can't be contained by grief.
  26. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    Even though the film is full of laughs, the jokes hover on the edge of the abyss: This is a world in which lurid colors and extravagant gestures are means of filling the void.
  27. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    90
    It weaves life and art into a rich tapestry of love, loss and compassion.
  28. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    The most mature and satisfying work in a glittering, consistently surprising career.
  29. Reviewed by: Don Kaye
    75
    Emerges as a thoughtful reflection on the many roles women must play throughout their lives.
  30. 70
    Classic melodrama given a thoroughly modern, utterly Almodovarian face-lift.
  31. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    Mothers definitely get their due here: Birth mothers, adoptive mothers and mothers-to-be - with the only men in sight (save for one young fatality and one old eccentric) being those who wear flashy makeup and sport breasts
  32. Reviewed by: Jonathan Holland
    80
    An emotionally satisfying and brilliantly played take on the ups and (mostly) downs of a group of less-than-typical female friends.
  33. 90
    As straightforward and plot-driven as any movie about life imitating art imitating life could possibly be.
  34. It's enough to make your head spin, but Almodovar, whose mastery of the medium has never been more assured, gives you plenty to think about, ultimately grounding the dizzy whirl of his idiosyncratic fictional world in a story that feels not just true but universal.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jan 22, 2014
    10
    Last month, I went through the Pedro Almodovar Collection, which has films from Matador in 1986 to Bad Education from 2004. Although all ofLast month, I went through the Pedro Almodovar Collection, which has films from Matador in 1986 to Bad Education from 2004. Although all of them were from very good to outstanding, this was one of my favourites, and for good reason, as it is obvious that Almodovar was on quite the roll. Not only is he excellent behind the camera and just bursting with creative aplomb, he is a very fine writer, not to mention the best director of women that I have ever seen. Full Review »
  2. Mar 4, 2013
    10
    A breathtaking masterpiece. By far it's Almodóvar's best movie to date. The cast it's marvelous, the photography it's genial, the angles ofA breathtaking masterpiece. By far it's Almodóvar's best movie to date. The cast it's marvelous, the photography it's genial, the angles of the camera. Very well written and directed. Full Review »
  3. Apr 21, 2011
    10
    Simply outstanding!
    Heartfelt with wonderfully interesting characters, if this film doesn't move you then you're not human!
    The champion of
    Simply outstanding!
    Heartfelt with wonderfully interesting characters, if this film doesn't move you then you're not human!
    The champion of cinema that celebrates women, Almodovar is an absolute genius!
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