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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. 90
    X marks the G-spot perhaps, for this is an orgiastic comedy of terrors and errors.
  2. There's a hushed, rapturous quality to its best parts, though, and the emotional interplay between Ricky and Marina has a scary immediacy that the movies rarely achieve. Almodovar dares a lot in this film. [4 May 1990]
  3. Reviewed by: Damon Wise
    80
    Almodovar consolidated his status as a challenging and bold filmmaker by forcing Americans to drop their zany preconceptions of him and see his world through his eyes.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    63
    Staying with Tie Me Up! demands some patience, but the director's timing never fails him, and he brings things to a close on an upbeat note.
  5. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Aug 28, 2014
    60
    Abril and Banderas are both terrific as the lovers-to-be... Almodóvar makes it easy to root for them to get together and balance each other out, but that means getting past the situation that brought them together in the first place, and the tension makes the movie queasy even when it’s compelling.
  6. Mr. Almodovar's comic invention runs out too soon, leaving the audience to giggle weakly in anticipation of the big laughs and disorienting shocks that never arrive.
  7. An offensive premise and a pathetic, almost pleading desire to outrage our sensibilities with it.

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