Volver

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    Revolving around an eccentric family of women from a wind-swept region south of Madrid, Raimunda (Penelope Cruz) is a working-class woman forced to go to great lengths to protect her 14-year-old daughter Paula (Yohana Cobo). To top off the family crisis, her mother Irene (Carmen Maura) comes back from the dead to tie up loose ends.

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    Even if Volver sounds too high-concept for you, know that Almodovar is smart enough not to rest on laughs alone, extending his premise to dark, though occasionally tidy psychological territory.

    4/6
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    It's clever and entertaining. It's marvelously deft, but never daffy. It works well enough, despite feeling like the most conventional film this great, envelope-pushing Spanish director has ever made.

    4/5
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    Pedro Almodovar whipstitches a movie from patches of those mother-daughter melodramas Mildred Pierce, Bellissima and Two Women and makes it seamless and original, funny as it is fierce, breathtaking as it is life-affirming.

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    The Return rattles its chains for a spell, but it doesn't linger -- it quickly leaves.

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    Volver is rich, crazy, ambitious and filled with heaven and earth in a way that no other filmmaker can touch. It is a flawed beauty, but the beauty is so much more important than the flaws.

    B+
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    If Almodovar is in great form, Cruz is even shapelier, with no small number of gags involving her cleavage.

    4/4
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    Volver qualifies as a must-see movie for the director's fans or for those who wish to admire one of the greatest living cinema artists.

    B+
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    Ripe with female characters and embroidered with flourishes that hint at Hollywood's Golden Age, Volver is one of Almodovar's finest films. It is also one of his most emotionally delightful.

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    [A] gritty melodrama tempered by surreal black humor.

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    Spanish director Pedro Almodovar always has fun toying with our perceptions and expectations and does it yet again with Volver, a darkly comic look at mortality and family secrets.

    4/5
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    A deeply entertaining experience that engages our hearts as well as our funny bones.

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    The Cannes Film Festival jury threw up its hands and gave this year's Best Actress Award to all six of the film's stars. They're so fine that refusing to choose between them was the only sensible choice.

    3/4
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    A movie with more in its heart than on its mind, Pedro Almodovar's Volver doesn't approach the brilliance of his recent films Talk to Her and Bad Education.

    B
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    A feast of colours, swooning camera movements, lushly orchestrated musical cues and meticulously fetishized symbolism.

    3/4
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    The result is intoxicating; a free-spinning story that's by its end enormously satisfying, creating its own kind of magic.

    4/4
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    The women are left to do the best they can. That turns out to be enough to keep you watching through to the final twist -- as unlikely as everything else in this nonetheless extremely likable movie.

    3/4
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    What a distinctive filmmaker Almodovar has become.

    4/4
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    One of the amazing things about Volver is that Almodovar once again manages to make a preposterous, overloaded plot seem sublime and organic.

    3/4
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    Pity Pedro Almodovar. He's so good so often that the world has come to expect a masterpiece with every new picture.

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    The pleasures of the new Pedro Almodovar film Volver, and they are many, have less to do with deep wells of feeling than they do with mastery of craft and a magnificent sort of artifice.

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    The late Francois Truffaut was frequently described as a filmmaker who loved women, but not even Monsieur Truffuat could come close to Senor Almodovar in his intelligent, perceptive and creative appreciation of women in Volver.

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    It's very moving, It's beautifully done.

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    [Almodovar's] once-kitschy obsession with color and surface continues to deepen into a big, bold, almost painterly style.

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    You do not want to miss this one.

    4/4
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    Almodovar is a great filmmaker, and his skills remain intact -- Volver is polished, well-acted, completely personal cinema. Yet it still feels slight -- more a tapas than a meal.

    3/4
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    Almodovar milks this premise for all it's worth with witty dialogue, terrific performances -- and less-flamboyant-than-usual visuals that are still a red-accented treat for the eye.

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    For a black comedy whose tangled sequence of events is completely improbable, Pedro Almodovar's Volver feels absolutely authentic. So, think of everything as metaphor and enjoy one of the year's most delectably twisted treats.

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    From the very first shot of Volver... you know you're in masterful hands.

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    Volver is suspenseful, clever, gently funny and always emotionally resonant.

    4/4
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    Like most homecomings (or at least most good ones), Pedro Almodovar's Volver is warm, emotional and forever on the brink of tears -- peppered with bouts of pique, old resentments that flare up and moments of intense and lyrical longing.

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    Pedro Almodóvar has made yet another picture that moves beyond camp into a realm of wise, luxuriant humanism.

    5/5
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    I have always felt that Almodovar was at his best as an artist when he was at his most playful. Volver is about deadly serious matters of the heart, but it often has a screwball spirit. The darker things are, the funnier.

    B+
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    [A] vibrant film that's pure class, pure imagination and pure Almodovar.

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    Cruz has never been more radiant and funny: Comparisons to Sophia Loren in her Vittorio DeSica heyday are flying about, and richly warranted.

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    The movie is enjoyable, but not passionately engaging in the way we've come to expect from Almodovar, and it leaves you somewhat cold in spite of the warmth of Cruz's galvanic performance.

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    Once again, the director confronts women on the verge of a nervous breakdown in a film full of humor and affection.

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    Watching Volver, Pedro Almodovar's latest poker-faced extravagance, you realize just how far his women have come from the days when they were living on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

    B
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    Almodovar's generous vision isn't just unique, it's color-coordinated.

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    Although Volver has a tendency to stray too far down tangential paths, it is ultimately satisfying.

    3/4
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    Red, in every conceivable shade, is, not surprisingly, a key color in Volver, a movie about the towering virtues of high heels and the indomitable power of good old 35mm celluloid.

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    What a run this millennium for Pedro Almodovar: one strange and fabulous feature after the next, each in a different style, each so deftly controlled that you hardly register its subversiveness until after you've been hooked by its story.

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    ...The film, against my wishes, left me unmoved.

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    This is a movie about mothers and children that dispatches with the usual goopy sentiment. Volver reassures us that you can go home again -- if only in the movies.

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    A tale of sisterhood, told with playful affection and abiding gratitude.

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    ...It's some achievement that the film is both funnier and more moving on repeated viewing, when its pervasive dramatic ironies emerge.

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    Richly entertaining fantasy from a cinematic master.

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    Richly evocative.

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