Broken Embraces
Broken Embraces (2009)

A follow-up to Spanish enfant terrible Pedro Almodóvar's 2006 arthouse sensation Volver, Los Abrazos Rotos finds the filmmaker re-teaming with actress Penélope Cruz and working on a canvas much broader than those of his previous… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 20, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 16, 2010
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Pedro Almodovar's fourth film with Penélope Cruz isn't his finest work, but he brings his signature visual brilliance to this noirish tale, and the cast turns in some first-class performances.

Tom Long
Detroit News

While it may not be Almodóvar's greatest work, it still stands well above most other films in terms of intrigue, intelligence and innovation.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

One failing in the film is how boring it is to watch Cruz pretend to be a bad actress. The comic movie within a movie, which borrows from Women on the Verge, isn't funny.

Jeffrey Edalatpour
The Rumpus

Since her star-making turn in Volver, Cruz has evolved into a great actress, whose films the audience longs to return to: she and Almodóvar have created whole and complete worlds. Indeed, Broken Embraces mirrors our own - but brightly.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

This melancholy romance is the first Almodovar feature I've ever really liked, an expertly fashioned melodrama that steers mercifully clear of his usual puckishness and star-mongering.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

It all adds up to an entertaining mash of suspense and melodrama.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

... Broken Embraces is a well-written story of a love so precious it hurt.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Stylish and sly, an engaging exercise that gives us less than meets the eye.

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

As long as Almodovar keeps investing such thought and energy in his work, he can play with whatever themes he desires.

Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

The entire third act is anticlimactic and forgettable, and one has to wonder why Mr. Almodóvar has to let his penchant for melodrama ruin a well executed noir.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhăes
A pretentious soap-opera/melodrama, ridiculously self-aggrandizing, that seems like an empty exercise to explore the beauty of Almodóvar's muse Penélope… More
Spencer S.
The scope of human suffering and joy is fervently wide in Almodovar's take on love, lust, and relationships in his first broad genre film. The film… More
Jason Robinson
Slow to start, but a powerful finish. Incredible storytelling, subtle direction, and absorbing acting, easy choice if you're in the mood for… More
Jim Hunter
Upon the death of a millionaire, a blind writer recalls his affair with the dead man's wife. Typical of Almodovar, this film features lush scenery,… More
Reid Volk
Standard fare for Almodovar. And I dont mean that in a negative way. This man coasting is still leaps and bounds more fascinating than the pet projects of many… More
Dean McKenna
Magnificent! Pedro Almodóvar continues to flirt with Hitchcockian high-style melodrama, even as he defaults to kooky, primary-coloured comedy. The Spanish film… More