Three interconnected stories about the different strata of life in Mexico City all resolve with a fatal car accident. Octavio is trying to raise enough money to run away with his sister-in-law, and decides to enter his dog Cofi into the world of dogfighting. After a dogfight goes bad, Octavio Show more... flees in his car, running a red light and causing the accident. Daniel and Valeria's new-found bliss is prematurely ended when she loses her leg in the accident. El Chivo is a homeless man who cares for stray dogs and is there to witness the collision. Amores Perros is the first film in Iñárritu's "Death Trilogy".
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Barbara Scharres Solidly engaging, supersized 2000 Mexican drama.
Andrew Sarris One of the most honored and most expertly articulated Mexican films of recent years.
Geoff Andrew Recalling Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction - but edgier than both - this is a hell of a first film. For all its bonecrunching savagery, it's also a fundamentally moral work.
Manohla Dargis It's good and good-looking and features one of the best soundtracks in years ... but it's also slick and schematic, weak on feeling and overly indebted to Tarantino.
Peter Rainer It's a truly prodigious piece of work, resembling a career summation far more than a maiden voyage.
Roger Moore There aren't many films coming out of Hollywood that work on this many levels.
Geoff Pevere Stylishly gritty.
David Edelstein Just keeps coming at you, switching characters, tones, and rhythms to keep you off-guard.
John Zebrowski Gonzalez Inarritu spares no detail in his telling, creating an ambitious, starkly realistic movie that just happens to be way too long.
Eric Harrison An exhilarating debut.
Jay Carr The raw, propulsive vigor of Inarritu's dances of death on the streets of Mexico City mark him as a director who's suddenly very much on the cinematic map.
Gary Dowell The cinematic equivalent of a one-two gut punch. In a good way, that is.
Desmond Ryan An overpowering and original piece of bravura filmmaking that constitutes one of the most breathtaking and impressive directing debuts in years.
Rene Rodriguez Has the feel of an instant classic, a melodrama with an exacting precision and a visceral, propulsive energy.
Michael Wilmington A fiercely brilliant film of such wrenching impact, nonstop drive and unpredictability that watching it becomes an exhilarating ride.
Mike Clark Inarritu keeps us involved in at-times tune-outable material.
Andrew O'Hehir A film with something to say and a remarkably adult understanding of human passion and the crazy places it leads us.
Jan Stuart May be the most repellent great movie you will ever see.
Jonathan Foreman A sophisticated, stylish, fast-moving piece of work.
Kevin Maynard Though unflinching in its savagery, Amores Perros is always compulsive viewing.
Christy Lemire Always clever, and devastating in its depiction of human nature.
Peter Brunette Amores Perros (Love's a Bitch) is a great new film from Mexico that proves that somebody, somewhere, is still making upsetting, enthralling movies.
J. Hoberman Punishingly overlong.
David Stratton Divided into three chapters, pic is cunningly constructed and, until near the end, briskly paced.