Sony Pictures Classics | Release Date: November 19, 2004
7.9
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Generally favorable reviews based on 72 Ratings
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kublay0880Dec 18, 2012
It's a good story it got me guessing the entire movie, but it's always the same thing with Almodovar a gay or a lesbian drama and lots of sex and naked people, sometimes it's just too much maybe a scene to set up the idea or the mood ofIt's a good story it got me guessing the entire movie, but it's always the same thing with Almodovar a gay or a lesbian drama and lots of sex and naked people, sometimes it's just too much maybe a scene to set up the idea or the mood of movie. And personally I hate actors faking a foreign accent, yo don't need Gael to perform that character when you have so many real Spanish actors. Expand
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VoskhozhdeniyeOct 18, 2011
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It was too complex in that I could not understand what the film meant. I could not assemble it for myself to one striking meaning. The characters go off in different directions without taking me to one destination, so to speak.

The use of the Super 8 was very clever (and disturbing). The mise-en-scene and lighting were often classic noir, direct. The metafiction and the emotion that followed were done well. Almodovar has a lot of ideas, but if we see a convergence of features in this work, or just a fireworks display of cinematography, I have to say the latter. But this is one of the most interesting films I have seen from a narrative structure point of view, and I would recommend others to see it. One gets the sense that this was a deeply felt film from the writer/director's point of view. I wonder very much how this work could be condensed, how this meta-fictional structure could apply elsewhere to a more powerful effect.
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TonyB.Nov 15, 2005
Not much ado about nothing perhaps, just about very little...one of the more overrated films in recent memory.
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StephenS.May 19, 2005
Even if you're a long term Almodovar fan (I am) it's hard to credit the chorus of acclaim for this one. Finally, Pedro produces a perfectly limp parody of his own gender-bending, anti-clerical, post-Bunuel preoccupations. The sharp Even if you're a long term Almodovar fan (I am) it's hard to credit the chorus of acclaim for this one. Finally, Pedro produces a perfectly limp parody of his own gender-bending, anti-clerical, post-Bunuel preoccupations. The sharp turns of the interlocking stories are in style, but nobody can raise much interest in what's happening. Even the dramatic highlights only score about 3/10 in intensity. By the way, GG Bernal is Pedro's worst-ever trannie in his lime-green dress. Expand
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RosaR.May 9, 2005
Almodovar precisa renovar seu estoque de estórias. Tenho a sensação de que ele traz sempre a mesma temática e até os personagens são muito parecidos.
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