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  • Summary: This is the story of a mother (Roth) recovering from the death of her teenage son. She travels to Barcelona to find her son's father and revisits many places of her youth.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 34
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 34
  3. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Almodovar is adept at weaving together strands you'd never guess would match.
  2. 90
    As straightforward and plot-driven as any movie about life imitating art imitating life could possibly be.
  3. 90
    The most heartfelt tribute to women -- specifically, actresses -- he's (Almodovar) ever made.
  4. Almodovar still populates his work with characters you'll see nowhere else in movies.
  5. Some will find the movie's sexual antics too explicit and unconventional for comfort.
  6. 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.
  7. 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

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 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
    cinema that celebrates women, Almodovar is an absolute genius! Expand
  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 of the camera. Very well written and directed. Expand
  3. 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 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. Expand
  4. Jan 28, 2011
    7
    Maybe I have had very high expectations of this film, since Almodovar is my favourite director, but I felt somewhat confused. Well, I definitely felt with the characters - the emotion was very real from all the actors, especially Cecilia Roth and Marisa Paredes. However, the story itself leaves me with so many questions, something that I am used to have answered in Almodovar's films. Or maybe that's a new development, since I have seen all of the films that came after this one, before I have watched All About My Mother.
    Either way, it is definitely worth watching and the excellent acting and music (typical of Almodovar's works) make the film something one ought to watch. So yes, a very good film, somewhat confusing and question-provoking, but ultimately good.
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