Átame! (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!)
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Hailing from Spain, actor Antonio Banderas stars with Victoria Abril in director Pedro Almodovar's black comedy that received wide-ranging reviews and interpretations after its distribution in the States. Upon his release from a psychiatric hospital, Ricky (Banderas) visits a film set to watch the object of his love and desire, Marina (Abril) -- a drug-addicted actress -- who does not even remember him from a previous escapade. He is intensely smitten by her and is determined to make her love him, so he kidnaps her and ties her to the bed in her own apartment. He is sure that if she would… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mr. Almodovar's comic invention runs out too soon, leaving the audience to giggle weakly in anticipation of the big laughs and disorienting shocks that never arrive."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The film's tone is so campy and off-kilter it's hard to take any of it seriously... it's equally hard to find any of it particularly funny."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"A curiously uplifting watch despite such a morose subject-matter."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Typically nutty and passionate Almodovar"
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Perhaps its greatest truth comes from two of its characters watching a movie in production: one notes that the film is more a love story than a horror story. Replies the movie's director, 'Sometimes the two are indistinguishable.'"
‑ James Sanford, James Sanford on Film
"A writer-director driven by his passion, Almodovar allows his movies to moan and sweat and writhe. Sex looks like sex, not pornographic but messy and warm. The curtains do not billow, the sheets burn."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! comes from a transitional phase in Almodóvar's career, one in which he was using bigger budgets to hone his aesthetic, create characters with greater depth, but still indulge a punkish urge to shock."
‑ Keith Phipps, The Dissolve
"Though this controversial film about romantic, sado-masochistic love in the hetero world is weak and ultimately disappointing, it's still worth seeing for understanding Almodovar's evolution."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"An off-kilter - and off-putting - mix of humor, sex, and Stockholm Syndrome obsession."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"If you've never seen an Almodovar film before, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! would be a good place to start because it contains many of the virtues of his best films..."
‑ Richard Natale, Movieline
"Almodovar's polarities are so perfectly lined up in opposition to my own that it is quite possible for one of his movies to shoot right through my brain without striking a single cell."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...nothing much of interest occurs..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"One of those movies that makes you laugh if you sit back and absorb the entire absurd situation at once."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Psychodrama and dark humor flow freely from this setup."
‑ , Austin Chronicle
"A brave, convention-challenging sex farce about the ties that bind us in love."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
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