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A bullfighter forced to retire early from his career due to a goring, finds that his obsession for killing still lingers, but now bulls are substituted by girls. To make love to a woman and kill her at the very last moment is the closest thing to the ineffable pleasure of an afternoon in the bullring. Maria is a woman driven by similar dark desires. When she and the ex-bullfighter get together a meeting of minds takes place with deadly results.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a useful look at this Spanish auteur finding his way but lacks the elan of his later work."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"The sincerity here is of a special cracked sort -- the brand that induces laughter but is undiminished by it."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"follows a bizarre, but ultimately logical path"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"A richly detailed, physically gorgeous movie (Almodovar's most professional-looking work to that time) that almost has too much on its mind."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The movie looks terrific and is acted with absolute, straight-faced conviction by the excellent cast..."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"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."
‑ Charles Taylor,
"The "prolonged orgasm" is Almodóvar's format and tenor"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"If you're in the mood for a stylish piece of erotica, then Matador should leave you panting for more."
‑ David N. Butterworth,
"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."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Almodovar's early work is saltry, erotic, even perverse, but very seductive to watch"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"fascinating and wonderfully lurid!"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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