Jamón Jamón
Jamón Jamón (1991)

Class, sex, and food are the obsessions of this Spanish comedy drama, an international hit from writer and director J.J. Bigas Luna that plays like a cross between the lusty Like Water for Chocolate (1992) and the early work of Pedro… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1991
DVD Release Date: July 27, 1994
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It isn't as provocative or amusing as it pretends to be, but Jamón Jamón's cheerfully overheated melodrama is often its own reward.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The sex scenes are so bizarre as to be parodic and it all looks terribly ugly. But wonderful vignettes of rural life, and a terrific performance from Pablito the piglet. Ham indeed.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A movie that combines lurid melodrama with vast improbabilities, sexy soap opera with heartfelt romance, and cheerful satire with heedless raunch.

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

It has so much of that sly and deviously wicked sensibility that Bartel's films evidence. Jamon Jamon is a fun and farcical ride.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

"Jamon Jamon" is not quite pop art, and it's not surprising or witty enough to work as satire. It's on a wavelength not easy to tune in.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

A coarse muddle of melodrama, romance and cautionary tale, the film is chiefly a tribute to throbbing Latin manhood, as cretinous and sophomoric as it is pretentiously surreal.

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Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It wants to be sexy, funny and incisive, but instead it is more overheated and silly.

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James Berardinelli

Although possessing a biting wit and excellent sense of the offbeat, too much of Jamon, Jamon follows obvious paths.

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Matt McAllister
Future Movies UK

It's provocative and hugely entertaining, a highpoint in the blossoming period of 1990s Spanish cinema.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
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John Ballantine
Little seen early Penelope Cruz-Javier Bardem effort but it is tremendous!