Live Flesh (Carne trémula)
Live Flesh (Carne trémula) (1998)

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.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 10, 2001
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The overall purpose of Live Flesh, the latest and reputedly most 'mature' work from Spanish bad-boy director Pedro Almodovar, remains engigmatic.

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David Denby
New York Magazine/Vulture

Despite his erotic fixations, Pedro Almodóvar is the cinema's last true innocent.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle

Almodovar seems more assured here, confident that he can interest us without overt winking and tomfoolery.

David Noh
Film Journal International

The film also feels curiously underpopulated, unenlivened by any sparky character bits.

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Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Another offbeat Almodovar treat - with another compelling Bardem performance.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Very much an Almodovar picture with most of the anticipated outrageous occurrences intact.

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

It is a pleasure to see such a tight work from Amaldovar.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Javier Bardem, and Liberto Rabal, are easy on the eyes and make the movie worth watching. It's a mildly interesting story, somewhat predictable, and with… More
Lanning : )
The more I see of Bardem, the more I like him. Given that my first notice of him came via <i>No Country for Old Men</i> -- which you must see for… More
Wahida K
Life, love, desire...and everything in between.
Anthony Lawrie
My first Pedro Almodovar film. Also my first Javier Bardem. Both have got me hooked!
Drew Smith
I've only seen three other Almodovar movies and they all impressed me immensely, but Live Flesh is sort of a dud. The last thing I would call this,… More
Randy Tippy
Arguably one of his more conservative efforts, <i>Live Flesh</i> still remains true to the Pedro Almodóvar form. Like a magician plucking a rabbit… More

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