Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!


Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14

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Critic Reviews

  1. 90
    X marks the G-spot perhaps, for this is an orgiastic comedy of terrors and errors.
  2. Reviewed by: Damon Wise
    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.
  3. 80
    Almodovar's inventive direction, superb lensing by Jose Luis Alcaine, a fine score by Ennio Morricone and top technical credits make pic a pleasure to watch.
  4. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    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]
  5. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Aug 20, 2014
    What keeps Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! from being irredeemably offensive are Almodóvar’s efforts, however vague and tentative, to undermine his own thesis.
  6. Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! is seamlessly crafted yet too self-conscious to be much fun.
  7. 63
    The movie is too flighty and uncentered, and it allows actual violence to break the spell when false alarms would have sufficed.
  8. 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.
  9. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Aug 28, 2014
    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.
  10. 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.
  11. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Reviewed by: Jay Scott
    In terms of psychology, it's an abysmal failure, too real to be symbolic, too symbolic to be realistic. [25 May 1990]
  12. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Johanna Steinmetz
    It's a movie that's too naive to be pornography and too callous to be art. [25 May 1990]
  13. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    [Pedro Almodovar] gives it a nice try, but his approach turns out to be completely wrong for the material he's working with here. [25 May 1990]
  14. An offensive premise and a pathetic, almost pleading desire to outrage our sensibilities with it.

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