Volver
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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 the meeting point for all the neighborhood gossips.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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"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."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"The Return rattles its chains for a spell, but it doesn't linger -- it quickly leaves."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"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."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"At the center of this hectic universe, [Cruz] never misses a step and may even elevate what Almodovar originally conceived."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Film Threat
"Hollywood, take notice: If you hand Penelope Cruz a role with more depth than the paper it's printed on, this is what you'll get."
‑ Jonathan R. Perry, Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
"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."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"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."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Almodóvar's maturity navigates not only the thin lines between comedy and drama and between body and spirit, but also between rebellion and acceptance"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"With all its unexpected twists and turns, the story still unfolds naturally, like some gaudy Mediterranean flower."
‑ Thomas Peyser, Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
"Until now, you may not have considered Penelope Cruz the modern-day successor to Barbara Stanwyck and Joan Crawford. But director Pedro Almodovar's delightful 'Volver' could change your mind."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"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."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"If Almodovar is in great form, Cruz is even shapelier, with no small number of gags involving her cleavage."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"It's up to charm to twinkle our attention away from the loose threads and daytime TV plotting."
‑ Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly
"Pedro Almodovar's Volver is amazingly bright, fresh and clean for a film dealing with murder, adultery, incest, malignant disease and the occasional supernatural apparition."
‑ Brandon Fibbs, BrandonFibbs.com
"...a knowing treatise on the currents that run between mothers and daughters."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
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