Átame! (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!)
Átame! (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!) (1990)

Upon his release from a psychiatric hospital, Ricky visits a film set to watch the object of his love and desire, Marina -- a drug-addicted actress -- who does not even remember him from a previous escapade. He is determined to make her… More

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Rated: NC-17
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Release Date: January 22, 1990
DVD Release Date: December 12, 2000
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Vincent Canby
New York Times

Mr. Almodovar's comic invention runs out too soon, leaving the audience to giggle weakly in anticipation of the big laughs and disorienting shocks that never arrive.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

The film's tone is so campy and off-kilter it's hard to take any of it seriously... it's equally hard to find any of it particularly funny.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A curiously uplifting watch despite such a morose subject-matter.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

A writer-director driven by his passion, Almodovar allows his movies to moan and sweat and writhe. Sex looks like sex, not pornographic but messy and warm. The curtains do not billow, the sheets burn.

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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! comes from a transitional phase in Almodóvar's career, one in which he was using bigger budgets to hone his aesthetic, create characters with greater depth, but still indulge a punkish urge to shock.

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Emanuel Levy

Though this controversial film about romantic, sado-masochistic love in the hetero world is weak and ultimately disappointing, it's still worth seeing for understanding Almodovar's evolution.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Almodovar's polarities are so perfectly lined up in opposition to my own that it is quite possible for one of his movies to shoot right through my brain without striking a single cell.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...nothing much of interest occurs...

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

One of those movies that makes you laugh if you sit back and absorb the entire absurd situation at once.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
By now I have started to understand the methodology of director Pedro Almodovar, though why certain things are supposed to be funny oftentimes get lost in… More
Saskia D.
I can honestly say that Almodóvar is starting to become one of my favorite directors. His movies are so fresh and unconventional! Átame! is a joy to watch.… More
Randy Tippy
Wow! Almodovar is a master at finding humor and romance in the most unlikely places.
Lady D'arbanville
Like many of Almodovar?s work, the beauty is always found in the most unusual circumstances. Just like Penelope Cruz, we see a very different side of Antonio… More
Stefanie C
My kind of love story...
Robert C
A little dark, a little twisted, totally Almadovar. You'll laugh (even though you think you shouldn't). You'll feel slightly aroused (even… More