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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),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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  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. 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]
  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. 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
    75
    The Spanish filmmaker goes back to what he does better than any other living director - post-modernizing the melodrama.
  6. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    70
    [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.
  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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