The Flower of My Secret

Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    100
    Far from abandoning his trademark humor, however, the writer-director skillfully enlists it in the service of an emotional story, charting the heroine's journey from loss and torment to rediscovered strength and hope. Propelled by stellar performances and a script that resonates with intelligence, subtlety and surprises, this is by far Almodovar's best film in years.
  2. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    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]
  3. 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.
  4. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    90
    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]
  5. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    90
    The movie's metaphorical dimensions rarely interfere with the concrete, quirky pleasures of its story. The Flower of My Secret is Mr. Almodovar's most entertaining work since his phenomenal "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown." [15 Mar 1996]
  6. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    In short, Almodovar opens some new doors to his artists here, and they respond in surprising, captivating ways. [29 Mar 1996]
  7. Reviewed by: Emma Cochrane
    80
    Almodóvar lets rip with a story of great emotional intensity, while retaining his signature stunning visual style and a central performance quite unlike anything previously seen in his work. A potent and strikingly well-delivered combination.
  8. 80
    Almodovar, who in the past has made dark comedy out of jealousy and infidelity and even rape and suicide, here casts a less absurdist, more empathetic eye on his characters. The world they navigate is still full of bizarre coincidences and random cruelties, but the filmmaker's stance is a little less distant, the laughter degrees warmer and the emotions correspondingly magnified.
  9. 80
    [Pedro Almodovar] does what he does best-finding poignance in the most melodramatic of modern lifestyles.
  10. Village Voice
    Reviewed by: Elliott Stein
    80
    The Flower of My Secret is a return to form, although not a return to the sort of campy, transgressive comedies that rocketed Almodovar to the top of Spanish cinema during the liberated post-Franco early 1980s. [12 Mar 1996]
  11. 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.
  12. It's a witty, intelligent scramble, and it's beautifully mounted.
  13. The Spanish filmmaker goes back to what he does better than any other living director - post-modernizing the melodrama.
  14. 70
    The picture seems muted, the flower's petals a little brown at the edges.
  15. [Almodovar’s] returns to the mordant but sympathetic comedy of his early, best work. Though the new film is not as antic as "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," it is funny and free of the nasty undertone that has made him seem tired and tiresome lately.
  16. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: William Arnold
    67
    It's not nearly as good as "Women," but it's still his most likable film since, and there is some definite magic in it. [5 Apr 1996]
  17. 63
    It's bland as often as it is affecting, and presents little that's new or original.
  18. A woman's picture with a few - precious few - contemporary flourishes.
  19. Pedro Almodovar's Spanish drama is his most involving work since the comedy "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," but its mood of ironic melancholy doesn't hold up enough to make the picture a full success.
  20. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Secret isn't the usual romp, but it's Almodovar's most committed work in years. [7 Mar 1996]
  21. 38
    The Flower of My Secret is likely to be disappointing to Almodovar's admirers, and inexplicable to anyone else.

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