The Skin I Live In
The Skin I Live In (2011)

Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 6, 2012
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81%
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84%



Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Skin I Live In lacks Almodovar's famously charged romance, replaced with a wonderfully bizarre and unpredictable detour into arthouse ick.

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Few filmmakers are more assured or alluring, even when we fear we're following a monster.

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Justin Chang
Variety

Despite its scalpel-like precision, pic falls short of its titular promise, never quite getting under the skin as it should.

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José Teodoro
Film Comment Magazine

Almodóvar has a body of work as rigorously personal as any out there, and, even with its flaws, he wears this latest Skin rather well.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

There are few filmmakers -- David Lynch comes to mind, Woody Allen -- who have a completely unique way of imprinting a film. Nobody but Pedro Almodóvar could have made The Skin I Live In. And that's high compliment.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

Only someone as talented as Almodóvar could have mixed such elements without blowing up an entire movie.

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

Despite the typically invigorating sense of line and framing, The Skin I Live In withholds the director's customary satisfactions and affirmations. The result is a saga of obsession that, in its saturnine undertone, maintains a hard-to-enjoy integrity.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

These are questions one is left with -- and that's not an entirely satisfying feeling. Yet it's hard not to be drawn into the story, and even more, into the gorgeous storytelling.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

Pedro Almodóvar wows with the meticulous visual design of his films, but sometimes his narrative architecture is every bit as dazzling.

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Will Leitch
Deadspin

This is a lush, deeply pleasurable film to experience on a sensory level; Almodovar couldn't produce a boring frame if he left the lens cap on.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A surgeon works on skin replacement for a woman that he mysteriously keeps locked in his house. Pedro Almodovar has always made weird films that challenge… More
Nicki Marie
Good movie. Quite disturbing, and have to admit I didn't see the identity of the girl coming at all! Really quite an enthralling story, kept me… More
Saskia D.
The women of Almodovar! Mesmerising.. All the ingredients of a typical Almodovar are present. Those who've seen some of his movies will know what I mean.
Mark Walker
Any time I approach a film by director Pedro Almodovar, I know straight away that I'll have to pay attention. He explores difficult and heavy themes but… More
Tony Gandía
Pedro Almodóvar has always been a twisted individual. This is a filmmaker that had destitute nuns, sex addicts, mothers trading their sons to pay dental… More
Mark Hobin
Almodóvar's fixation on human flesh unsettles and is unsettling. If one asserts that Brian De Palma referenced the sexual ideas in Hitchcock's Psycho… More

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