Volver (2006)

Set in Spain, this is a generational story of three women: a good mother who is desperately in love with a man who is far from being a saint; a young mother carrying a hard life upon her shoulders; and an illegal hairdresser whose shop is… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 3, 2006
DVD Release Date: April 3, 2007
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Volver catches director Pedro Almodovar and star Penelope Cruz at the peak of their respective powers, in service of a layered, thought-provoking film.

Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

It's up to charm to twinkle our attention away from the loose threads and daytime TV plotting.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Pedro Almodóvar whipstitches a movie from patches of those mother-daughter melodramas Mildred Pierce, Bellissima and Two Women and makes it seamless and original, funny as it is fierce, breathtaking as it is life-affirming.

Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Beautiful performances, a refreshing story, and spot-on comedic timing make this a wonderful movie.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Even if Volver sounds too high-concept for you, know that Almodóvar is smart enough not to rest on laughs alone, extending his premise to dark, though occasionally tidy psychological territory.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

The Return rattles its chains for a spell, but it doesn't linger -- it quickly leaves.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

This is a woman's picture in the best sense of the term, anchored by bravura turns from Penelope Cruz and Carmen Maura. Something of a departure for the Spanish auteur, it also seals his status as a cinematic master. Never that this was much in doubt.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It's clever and entertaining. It's marvelously deft, but never daffy. It works well enough, despite feeling like the most conventional film this great, envelope-pushing Spanish director has ever made.

Tom Long
Detroit News

Volver is rich, crazy, ambitious and filled with heaven and earth in a way that no other filmmaker can touch. It is a flawed beauty, but the beauty is so much more important than the flaws.

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Daniel Mendelsohn
The New York Review of Books

Almodóvar himself once again returning, with delicious self-consciousness, to an old plot. . . and reconfiguring it, as he does here even more radically than in his other recent films, in the subtle but provocative manner of his mature style.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This film is very morbid but easily whimsical as well. Utilizing the culturally significant magic realism, the film deals with the beautiful concept of… More
Daniel Perry
A high rating mostly for the way in which this plot manages to turn and return so seamlessly, covering all kinds of ground: abuse, poverty, murder, cancer,… More
Kevin M. Williams
Perhaps the best film I've ever seen with a intended "feminist agenda" (whatever that is, I don't know for sure) while never didactic, three… More
Nadira Irdiana
Love the film. It is unique and one of the kind. It's that kind of film that will be hard to follow if you are doing something else while watching it, but… More
paul oh
Its a real domestic film that hits many issues like home, family, and life. Penelope Cruz's performance was fantastic as well as Almodvar's directing.… More
'Volver'. Almodovar's directorial flair shines through in this quirky, charming drama about three generations of women. Penelope Cruz enchants… More