Live Flesh (Carne trémula)
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Pedro Almodovar's most mature and restrained film is a superbly structured melodrama about five people whose lives in modern Madrid are inextricably linked by a bullet fired in a police scuffle.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The overall purpose of Live Flesh, the latest and reputedly most 'mature' work from Spanish bad-boy director Pedro Almodovar, remains engigmatic."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Despite his erotic fixations, Pedro Almodóvar is the cinema's last true innocent."
‑ David Denby, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Pedro Almodovar has done something nearly unheard of: he has made a wheelchair movie without maudlin sentiment and overbearing importance. Even better, it's actually rather enjoyable."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"gripping and gorgeous"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"It's an impressive display of range from one of film's true maverick talents."
‑ Russell Smith, Austin Chronicle
"Almodovar seems more assured here, confident that he can interest us without overt winking and tomfoolery."
‑ Louis B. Parks, Houston Chronicle
"The film also feels curiously underpopulated, unenlivened by any sparky character bits."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Another offbeat Almodovar treat - with another compelling Bardem performance."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"Witness the increasing promise of Pedro Almodóvar, in a film that has gone largely unnoticed in his career but stands as a worthy and mostly mainstream entry into his unique style of twisted relationship movies."
‑ Christopher Null,
"While despair underlies Almodovar's film...the director attempts to lighten up with some misplaced jokes. These, though, are never any more than a brief respite from the irritating mess in which the characters embroil themselves."
‑ Giala Murray, Empire Magazine
"Almodovar, whose work here has newly sophisticated polish, appreciates the dark twists of this story along with the eroticism that bring heat to all the scheming."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Very much an Almodovar picture with most of the anticipated outrageous occurrences intact."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It is a pleasure to see such a tight work from Amaldovar."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The film lacks the anarchic weirdness of some of his best, and without the camp elements it becomes obvious just how like a telenovela the goings-on are."
‑ Cathy Thompson-Georges, Boxoffice Magazine
"The real trouble with this movie is that it represents the continuing departure of Almodovar from the chaotic, riotous and anti-social roots that gave his best movies their zest."
‑ Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner
More reviews for Live Flesh (Carne trémula) on Rotten Tomatoes

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