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  • Summary: The wildly hysterical international box office hit, women on the verge of a nervous breakdown, introduces us to Pepa who has just been jilted by an answering machine. The love of her life, Ivan, has just ended their relationship and she is heartbroken. But misery does love company. (MGM)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    100
    The film is flushed with bright light and cartoon hues, nicely accenting the fast-paced stew of incidents.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    100
    The women here aren't afraid to get extreme about love, but in the end, you sense that they are too sound to destroy themselves over the worthless man they have allowed to personify it. That's what lifts Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown from the amusing to the sublime. [23 Dec 1988, p.23]
  3. The smiles don't fade until the finish of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown when we witness Pepa's realization that she has, in fact, come into her own and taken charge of her own destiny. [20 Dec 1988, p.1]
  4. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    80
    An explosion of garish colour, wacky detail and surreal complications, Almodovar’s very funny, urban comedy overflows with the unexpected. See it!
  5. Reviewed by: Desson Howe
    80
    Gorging on the bad, bad world of TV soap operas, tabloid news and those Roy Lichtenstein cartoons where anguished women lament their lives with "Brad," Spanish director Pedro Almodovar gets a wonderful rise out of life's lows in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    80
    This often hilarious, irreverent and offbeat comedy is the most coherent young Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar has limned thus far.
  7. Reviewed by: Vincent Canby
    70
    The pace sometimes flags, and there are scenes in which the comic potential appears to be lost only because the camera is in the wrong place. Farce isn't easy to pull off, but Mr. Almodovar is well on his way to mastering this most difficult of all screen genres.

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  1. Aug 2, 2013
    10
    Almodovar's best film yet. Hilarious, well acted and well written. A love letter to the stylish and crazy live that Spain lived in the 80's.Almodovar's best film yet. Hilarious, well acted and well written. A love letter to the stylish and crazy live that Spain lived in the 80's. Carmen Maura is brilliant. Expand
  2. Mar 4, 2013
    9
    Hilarious! Good as any other Almodóvar's comedies. The women are the central piece of this masterpiece and it's impossible don't fell in loveHilarious! Good as any other Almodóvar's comedies. The women are the central piece of this masterpiece and it's impossible don't fell in love with any of them. Collapse
  3. May 29, 2011
    8
    This movie certainly represents progresses in many of the most interesting aspects of Almodóvar's earlier works, the radicalThis movie certainly represents progresses in many of the most interesting aspects of Almodóvar's earlier works, the radical subjectivity of feelings, emotions and the exaggeration of strange mix of melodrama and comedy. Misunderstandings and confusion, as well as situations of vaudeville make the movie look like a comic farce, but firm touch of Almodovar's gift to make things different, with its exaltation of kitsch, gaudy colors and hyperbole. Expand