Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 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.
  2. It's a truly prodigious piece of work, resembling a career summation far more than a maiden voyage.
  3. Sometimes enticing, frequently savage.
  4. Fierce, loving, and electric, this movie's got bite as well as bark.
  5. One of the great films of our time, or any other.
  6. There's a seething moral core in Amores Perros that uses the canine savagery as an entre to human brutality.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    Often thrilling, if overwhelmingly brutal, trio of interconnected short stories.
  8. 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.
  9. Anguish ranges from gritty and realistic to the tragicomic soap opera found in Pedro Almodovar's films.
  10. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    90
    The most enthralling movie of the year.
  11. 100
    Has the feel of an instant classic, a melodrama with an exacting precision and a visceral, propulsive energy.
  12. 60
    There's something overly studied, almost clinical, in how it all pulls together.
  13. 80
    A film in which nothing is what it seems, this is the kind of genre touch that Mr. González Iñárritu expands into something far more haunting.
  14. This isn't a cheerful movie. But director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu and writer Guillermo Arriaga tell these stories with authority and verve, making 2½ hours zip by.
  15. 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.
  16. Strong stuff, compelling drama.
  17. 80
    A feverish, breathtaking tour through Mexico City high and low, an explosive, mosaic-style portrait of our continent's largest city.
  18. A stunner: a fiercely brilliant film of such wrenching impact, nonstop drive and unpredictability that watching it becomes an exhilarating ride.
  19. 88
    A headlong pastiche of lower-depth melodrama and absurd black comedy.
  20. 50
    Undeniably high-powered. At 153 minutes, it's also punishingly overlong.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    80
    He’s (González Iñárritu) conjured up a dark, brutal vision of urban life that sticks to your skin like soot.
  24. A sophisticated, stylish, fast-moving piece of work.
  25. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    100
    As fine--hard, soft, approachable--as any in movie history.
  26. 80
    Though unflinching in its savagery, Amores Perros is always compulsive viewing.
  27. A film of tremendous complexity and depth, a galvanic force that sends the mind reeling.
  28. An overpowering and original piece of bravura filmmaking that constitutes one of the most breathtaking and impressive directing debuts in years.
  29. 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.
  30. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    70
    He (Gonzalez Inarritu) handles a complex plot with clarity and precision while keeping audience members on the edge of their seats.
  31. Reviewed by: Barbara Scharres
    70
    Solidly engaging.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 107 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. 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 »
  2. 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 »
  3. Redlight
    Jun 5, 2007
    8
    Although I still feel this movie is great, it's a movie best appreciated when you're watching it for the very first time. On Although I still feel this movie is great, it's a movie best appreciated when you're watching it for the very first time. On repeated viewings, although it is still great, it just isn't as rewarding. Still, great performances from the cast and brutally realistic. Full Review »