Broken Embraces
Broken Embraces (2009)

A follow-up to Spanish enfant terrible Pedro Almodóvar's 2006 arthouse sensation Volver, Los Abrazos Rotos finds the filmmaker re-teaming with actress Penélope Cruz and working on a canvas much broader than those of his previous… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 16, 2010
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Pedro Almodovar's fourth film with Penélope Cruz isn't his finest work, but he brings his signature visual brilliance to this noirish tale, and the cast turns in some first-class performances.

Tom Long
Detroit News

While it may not be Almodóvar's greatest work, it still stands well above most other films in terms of intrigue, intelligence and innovation.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

One failing in the film is how boring it is to watch Cruz pretend to be a bad actress. The comic movie within a movie, which borrows from Women on the Verge, isn't funny.

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Andrew Chan
Film Comment Magazine

Though the film offers nothing new for the eyes, its wordiness ultimately acts as a complement rather than a drawback to Almodóvar's masterful storytelling.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

This melancholy romance is the first Almodovar feature I've ever really liked, an expertly fashioned melodrama that steers mercifully clear of his usual puckishness and star-mongering.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

It all adds up to an entertaining mash of suspense and melodrama.

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Don Groves
sbs.com.au

Almodóvar and Cruz fail to engage this time around.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Stylish and sly, an engaging exercise that gives us less than meets the eye.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

As long as Almodovar keeps investing such thought and energy in his work, he can play with whatever themes he desires.

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Ian Buckwalter
DCist

Continues the director's streak of reliably elegant, original works, making the case, once again, that there are few other European directors working today who can match his particular blend of thought-provoking, artful, yet wholly accessible cinema.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A pretentious soap-opera melodrama, ridiculously self-aggrandizing, an empty exercise to explore the beauty of Almodóvar's muse Penélope Cruz with his… More
Spencer S.
The scope of human suffering and joy is fervently wide in Almodovar's take on love, lust, and relationships in his first broad genre film. The film… More
Jason Robinson
Slow to start, but a powerful finish. Incredible storytelling, subtle direction, and absorbing acting, easy choice if you're in the mood for… More
Jim Hunter
Upon the death of a millionaire, a blind writer recalls his affair with the dead man's wife. Typical of Almodovar, this film features lush scenery,… More
Reid Volk
Standard fare for Almodovar. And I dont mean that in a negative way. This man coasting is still leaps and bounds more fascinating than the pet projects of many… More
Dean McKenna
Magnificent! Pedro Almodóvar continues to flirt with Hitchcockian high-style melodrama, even as he defaults to kooky, primary-coloured comedy. The Spanish film… More

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