Live Flesh (Carne trémula)
Live Flesh (Carne trémula) (1998)

Pedro Almodovar's most mature and restrained film is a superbly structured melodrama about five people whose lives in modern Madrid are inextricably linked by a bullet fired in a police scuffle.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 16, 1998
DVD Release Date: April 10, 2001
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Live Flesh surveys the fallout from an act of violence with a mature melodrama that sees Pedro Almodóvar working in surprisingly restrained form.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The overall purpose of Live Flesh, the latest and reputedly most 'mature' work from Spanish bad-boy director Pedro Almodovar, remains engigmatic.

James Berardinelli

Like the gorgeous cinematography (which is used to good effect to eroticize a sex scene), this is all part of Almodovar's stylistic package. Never has it been more impressive than here, where everything (not just the flesh) is vibrant with life.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] Behind its soap opera appearance, Almodovar makes pointed political statements that bruise.

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Charles Taylor

I can only conclude that the people who think Flower and Live Flesh represent the new, mature Almodóvar think that his earlier pictures were immature.

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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle

Almodovar seems more assured here, confident that he can interest us without overt winking and tomfoolery.

David Noh
Film Journal International

The film also feels curiously underpopulated, unenlivened by any sparky character bits.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

This is the first Almodovar movie that could be called boring.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Almodovar, whose work here has newly sophisticated polish, appreciates the dark twists of this story along with the eroticism that bring heat to all the scheming.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Very much an Almodovar picture with most of the anticipated outrageous occurrences intact.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Javier Bardem, and Liberto Rabal, are easy on the eyes and make the movie worth watching. It's a mildly interesting story, somewhat predictable, and with… More
Lanning : )
The more I see of Bardem, the more I like him. Given that my first notice of him came via <i>No Country for Old Men</i> -- which you must see for… More
Wahida K
Life, love, desire...and everything in between.
Randy Tippy
Arguably one of his more conservative efforts, <i>Live Flesh</i> still remains true to the Pedro Almodóvar form. Like a magician plucking a rabbit… More
Drew Smith
I've only seen three other Almodovar movies and they all impressed me immensely, but Live Flesh is sort of a dud. The last thing I would call this,… More
Lady D'arbanville
Another enjoyable film from Almodovar. A story of betrayal, love and revenge, with some great characters.

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