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  • Summary: Leo (Paredes), a writer of romance novels under the name Amanda Gris, is unable to write a happy ending for her latest novel after realizing her marriage to Paco (Arias) is ending. She finds a job as a book reviewer witht he help of her best friend Betty (Elias) and meets Angel (Echanove), an Amanda Gris fan who persuades her to review her own book. Expand
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. 100
    If Leo's situation seems like a typical opening gambit by the director of "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" and "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!", little else in this tight, quiet, razor-sharp film will feel familiar. [12 Apr 1996]
  2. Pedro Almodovar's 1995 comic melodrama seems in many ways his most mature work, in theme as well as execution.... Almodovar's control over the material and his affection for his characters never falter.
  3. Beautifully wrought and wonderfully acted, The Flower of My Secret is in fact the kind of film that George Cukor often made - and he surely would have been delighted at Almodovar's deft blend of humor, tenderness and wisdom. [13 Mar 1996]
  4. Though The Flower of My Secret is not as crazed as "Women on the Verge," the movie marks the return of Almodóvar's delicious humor and a departure from the nastier streak that this Spanish director has been on recently.
  5. Reviewed by: Barry Walters
    The Spanish filmmaker goes back to what he does better than any other living director - post-modernizing the melodrama.
  6. 70
    The picture seems muted, the flower's petals a little brown at the edges.
  7. 38
    The Flower of My Secret is likely to be disappointing to Almodovar's admirers, and inexplicable to anyone else.

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