Broken Embraces
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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 outings, in terms of genres covered, narrative scope, and duration. Lluís Homar stars as the former Mateo Blanco, a screenwriter and ex-director who changed his name to Harry Caine after losing his sight in an automobile accident. A past scandal suddenly resurfaces when the news arrives that the producer of one of Harry's old movies ("Girls and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"While it may not be Almodóvar's greatest work, it still stands well above most other films in terms of intrigue, intelligence and innovation."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"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."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Almodóvar and Cruz fail to engage this time around."
‑ Don Groves,
"Pedro Almodovar reteams with Penelope Cruz, and you have your review right there."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"While the writing isn't as sharp or as funny as it is in Almodovar's best movies, so be it--it's a hell of a lot sharper and more interesting than most of the mass-produced movies coming out of Hollywood."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"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."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"It all adds up to an entertaining mash of suspense and melodrama."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"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."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"I must be completely dazzled by Pedro Almodóvar's current skills as a filmmaker because I really enjoyed Broken Embraces even though I had several reasons not to."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"This meandering melodrama is too fractured, too soap opera-ish and is just too odd ... even by the Oscar-winning, Spanish filmmaker's usual standards."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Stylish and sly, an engaging exercise that gives us less than meets the eye."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"As long as Almodovar keeps investing such thought and energy in his work, he can play with whatever themes he desires."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Um dos piores trabalhos de Almodóvar, aqui totalmente entregue à auto-indulgência, ao melodrama barato e às caricaturas (o que não é novidade), mas sem a sensibilidade costumeira que normalmente contrabalança seus excessos."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The broken field running of the film's time line requires each viewer to reassemble the story in his head."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Above all, "Broken Embraces" shows how deeply Almodóvar is in love with movies, not just as things to be watched and enjoyed, but to be felt deep in the bones."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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