Matador (1986)

A bullfighter forced to retire early from his career due to a goring, finds that his obsession for killing still lingers, but now bulls are substituted by girls. To make love to a woman and kill her at the very last moment is the closest… More

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Rated: NC-17
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Release Date: April 7, 1986
DVD Release Date: December 8, 2009
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

It's a useful look at this Spanish auteur finding his way but lacks the elan of his later work.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

The sincerity here is of a special cracked sort -- the brand that induces laughter but is undiminished by it.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

follows a bizarre, but ultimately logical path

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The movie looks terrific and is acted with absolute, straight-faced conviction by the excellent cast...

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Charles Taylor

A consistently audacious fantasy of sex and violence set in a modern-day Madrid where everyone is ready to surrender to his or her particular passions.

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Fernando F. Croce

The "prolonged orgasm" is Almodóvar's format and tenor

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Murder, mutilation, suicide and rape...[are] just a few of Matador's popcorn-incompatible themes. But [Almodovar] swirls his cape over these chargers so imaginatively, shamelessly and inventively, his flamboyance wins the day.

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Emanuel Levy

Almodovar's early work is saltry, erotic, even perverse, but very seductive to watch

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

fascinating and wonderfully lurid!

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paul oh
Looking past all the absurdities the film has to offer, Matador is essentially a dark romantic comedy at its core. With passion and obsession meeting fueling… More
Lady D'arbanville
As an early Almodovar film, you can clearly see the stamp of the talented Director. A very young Antonio Banderas also provides us with a little insight into… More
Randy Tippy
An unlikely love affair emerges between two serial killers, one is a thrill-seeking ex matador and the other a gorgeous and twisted defense attorney. To say… More
William Sleet
Almodovar's most twisted and subversive film. A love story between two serial killers!? Fantastic
Stella Dallas
torture porn? necrophilia? that's just the first five minutes...then it gets weird. one twisted and hilarious waltz of sex and death
Marcus Woolcott
Very dark for Almodovar. It's almost a giallo.