The Skin I Live In
The Skin I Live In (2011)

Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 14, 2011
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2012
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Skin I Live In lacks Almodovar's famously charged romance, replaced with a wonderfully bizarre and unpredictable detour into arthouse ick.

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Few filmmakers are more assured or alluring, even when we fear we're following a monster.

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Justin Chang

Despite its scalpel-like precision, pic falls short of its titular promise, never quite getting under the skin as it should.

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Lynden Barber

Georges Franju's 1960 classic horror Eyes Without a Face is an obvious touchstone but the new film is more ridiculous than horrific.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

There are few filmmakers -- David Lynch comes to mind, Woody Allen -- who have a completely unique way of imprinting a film. Nobody but Pedro Almodóvar could have made The Skin I Live In. And that's high compliment.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

Only someone as talented as Almodóvar could have mixed such elements without blowing up an entire movie.

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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post

In Almodovar's world, the flesh is deception, the comedy dark, the sex weird and the tears real; this time, however, the director just wasn't able to pull off all of these elements.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

These are questions one is left with -- and that's not an entirely satisfying feeling. Yet it's hard not to be drawn into the story, and even more, into the gorgeous storytelling.

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

Pedro Almodóvar wows with the meticulous visual design of his films, but sometimes his narrative architecture is every bit as dazzling.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

"The Skin I Live In" fails because it doesn't have a moral or anything else to say in spite of its self-seriousness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhăes
Almodóvar's incursion into psychological horror is this fascinating, extremely disturbing and even terrifying story about insanity, desire and obsession… More
Tony Gandía
Pedro Almodóvar has always been a twisted individual. This is a filmmaker that had destitute nuns, sex addicts, mothers trading their sons to pay dental… More
Jim Hunter
A surgeon works on skin replacement for a woman that he mysteriously keeps locked in his house. Pedro Almodovar has always made weird films that challenge… More
Nicki Marie
Good movie. Quite disturbing, and have to admit I didn't see the identity of the girl coming at all! Really quite an enthralling story, kept me… More
Saskia D.
The women of Almodovar! Mesmerising.. All the ingredients of a typical Almodovar are present. Those who've seen some of his movies will know what I mean.
Mark Walker
Any time I approach a film by director Pedro Almodovar, I know straight away that I'll have to pay attention. He explores difficult and heavy themes but… More