Matador
Matador (1986)

Once-great Spanish matador Nacho Martinez has been reduced to starring in gruesome "snuff" films. Martinez is idolized by Antonio Banderas, who has no notion of his idol's current illegal profession. Terrified at the thought… More

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Rated: NC-17
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Release Date: December 8, 2009
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78%


Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

It's a useful look at this Spanish auteur finding his way but lacks the elan of his later work.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

The sincerity here is of a special cracked sort -- the brand that induces laughter but is undiminished by it.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

follows a bizarre, but ultimately logical path

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The movie looks terrific and is acted with absolute, straight-faced conviction by the excellent cast...

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Charles Taylor
Salon.com

A consistently audacious fantasy of sex and violence set in a modern-day Madrid where everyone is ready to surrender to his or her particular passions.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

The "prolonged orgasm" is Almodóvar's format and tenor

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Murder, mutilation, suicide and rape...[are] just a few of Matador's popcorn-incompatible themes. But [Almodovar] swirls his cape over these chargers so imaginatively, shamelessly and inventively, his flamboyance wins the day.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Almodovar's early work is saltry, erotic, even perverse, but very seductive to watch

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

fascinating and wonderfully lurid!

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
paul oh
Looking past all the absurdities the film has to offer, Matador is essentially a dark romantic comedy at its core. With passion and obsession meeting fueling… More
Stella Dallas
torture porn? necrophilia? that's just the first five minutes...then it gets weird. one twisted and hilarious waltz of sex and death
Anthony Lawrie
Matador is quite serious for Almodóvar. He's dropped all the trash and bad taste humour and replaced it with quite serious issues of sex and murder. It… More
Lady D'arbanville
As an early Almodovar film, you can clearly see the stamp of the talented Director. A very young Antonio Banderas also provides us with a little insight into… More
Randy Tippy
An unlikely love affair emerges between two serial killers, one is a thrill-seeking ex matador and the other a gorgeous and twisted defense attorney. To say… More
William Sleet
Almodovar's most twisted and subversive film. A love story between two serial killers!? Fantastic