Volver
Volver (2006)

Set in Spain, this is a generational story of three women: a good mother who is desperately in love with a man who is far from being a saint; a young mother carrying a hard life upon her shoulders; and an illegal hairdresser whose shop is… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 3, 2007
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89%



Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Volver catches director Pedro Almodovar and star Penelope Cruz at the peak of their respective powers, in service of a layered, thought-provoking film. This magical tragicomic melodrama may be Almodovar's most restrained work to date, but it still features his trademarks: a strong attention to color and detail, a celebration of the trials and tribulations of women, and, of course, the inestimable Carmen Maura. The lovely Penelope Cruz hasn't shone more brightly as she does here.

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York

Even if Volver sounds too high-concept for you, know that Almodóvar is smart enough not to rest on laughs alone, extending his premise to dark, though occasionally tidy psychological territory.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

The Return rattles its chains for a spell, but it doesn't linger -- it quickly leaves.

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

Almodóvar's phantasms are emotionally anchored so the story never gets away from its characters -- just when you suspect he might have overplayed his hand he stages a clever, surprising inversion to tie the film together.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It's clever and entertaining. It's marvelously deft, but never daffy. It works well enough, despite feeling like the most conventional film this great, envelope-pushing Spanish director has ever made.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Volver is rich, crazy, ambitious and filled with heaven and earth in a way that no other filmmaker can touch. It is a flawed beauty, but the beauty is so much more important than the flaws.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Almodóvar's maturity navigates not only the thin lines between comedy and drama and between body and spirit, but also between rebellion and acceptance

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Pedro Almodóvar whipstitches a movie from patches of those mother-daughter melodramas Mildred Pierce, Bellissima and Two Women and makes it seamless and original, funny as it is fierce, breathtaking as it is life-affirming.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

If Almodovar is in great form, Cruz is even shapelier, with no small number of gags involving her cleavage.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

It's up to charm to twinkle our attention away from the loose threads and daytime TV plotting.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This film is very morbid but easily whimsical as well. Utilizing the culturally significant magic realism, the film deals with the beautiful concept of… More
Daniel Perry
A high rating mostly for the way in which this plot manages to turn and return so seamlessly, covering all kinds of ground: abuse, poverty, murder, cancer,… More
Apeneck Fletcher
Perhaps the best film I've ever seen with a intended "feminist agenda" (whatever that is, I don't know for sure) while never didactic, three… More
Nadira Irdiana
Love the film. It is unique and one of the kind. It's that kind of film that will be hard to follow if you are doing something else while watching it, but… More
paul oh
Its a real domestic film that hits many issues like home, family, and life. Penelope Cruz's performance was fantastic as well as Almodvar's directing.… More
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'Volver'. Almodovar's directorial flair shines through in this quirky, charming drama about three generations of women. Penelope Cruz enchants… More

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