Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. A stunner: a fiercely brilliant film of such wrenching impact, nonstop drive and unpredictability that watching it becomes an exhilarating ride.
  2. Fierce, loving, and electric, this movie's got bite as well as bark.
  3. An overpowering and original piece of bravura filmmaking that constitutes one of the most breathtaking and impressive directing debuts in years.
  4. There's a seething moral core in Amores Perros that uses the canine savagery as an entre to human brutality.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    100
    As fine--hard, soft, approachable--as any in movie history.
  6. One of the great films of our time, or any other.
  7. 100
    Has the feel of an instant classic, a melodrama with an exacting precision and a visceral, propulsive energy.
  8. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    90
    The most enthralling movie of the year.
  9. 90
    The titillating sense of out-of-controlness provoked by the camera is echoed in the film's narrative situations, and you simply, and deliciously, haven't a clue as to what he's going to throw at you next.
  10. A film of tremendous complexity and depth, a galvanic force that sends the mind reeling.
  11. It's a truly prodigious piece of work, resembling a career summation far more than a maiden voyage.
  12. Anguish ranges from gritty and realistic to the tragicomic soap opera found in Pedro Almodovar's films.
  13. It's a film of high energy, punctuated by rock music and a dark wit, yet it is capable of profound reflection and tragic irony.
  14. 89
    For those willing to submit to its terrible charms, it may be the single most important debut to come out of the Americas in years.
  15. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    The gritty, Oscar-nominated "Traffic" is a limo ride compared with the bloodletting in this year's foreign-film nominee from Mexico.
  16. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    As bloody as any recent film. But it's shot through with a harsh, stony humor that's invigorating enough to be regarded as a slap back at death.
  17. 88
    Amores Perros will be too much for some filmgoers, just as "Pulp Fiction" was and "Santa Sangre" certainly was, but it contains the spark of inspiration.
  18. 88
    A headlong pastiche of lower-depth melodrama and absurd black comedy.
  19. Strong stuff, compelling drama.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 133 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Apr 6, 2015
    7
    This film is a serious take on the hyperlink genre, focusing more on social disparity than the titular love: although the three episodes takeThis film is a serious take on the hyperlink genre, focusing more on social disparity than the titular love: although the three episodes take place in the same city, we see three essentially unrelated stories that could well have been set in three different countries. There are snippets of great cinema, with influences clearly ranging from 50s-60s neorealism to 90's heist films - technically, the film is a great one: camera work, cinematography, writing, editing and soundtrack are all spot on. The only downfall, I found, was the fact that although yes, it is hyperlink, and yes, the episodes are somewhat connected, Amores perros still feels very distinctly trifold.

    Apart from this, the movie is good and is certainly one of the best in its genre. Also, comparisons to Pulp Fiction don't really make sense, since Pulp Fiction was written with a humorous intent, while Amores perros is extremely serious and doesn't ever provide comedy at all.
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  2. Mar 31, 2012
    8
    Certainly, a very good movie! Although one of the stories (the one of the model and the dog) was not very credible and seemed a bit forced; asCertainly, a very good movie! Although one of the stories (the one of the model and the dog) was not very credible and seemed a bit forced; as a whole, the movie works well. The first time I watched this film the impression I got from it was not very positive; however, I am happy I watched it again, because I understood if from a totally different perspective, while the first time I did, I was perhaps overly critical. I do recommend the movie! It is intense, endearing, powerful, and at times, brutal...but watching is was a rewarding experience, just the same!...Amores Perros definitely had a huge potential to be even more than what it was... Full Review »
  3. Jan 7, 2011
    8
    Touching story. Brilliant idea of the three stories. The accident episode is the key of the movie. It keeps you alert till the end. The thirdTouching story. Brilliant idea of the three stories. The accident episode is the key of the movie. It keeps you alert till the end. The third story was the most beautiful to me. Full Review »