Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios)
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios) (1988)

Though the kinky characters and aberrant social behavior common to the works of Spanish director Pedro Almodovar are very evident in his Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, the film is at heart a door-slamming farce in the grand… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 11, 1988
DVD Release Date: April 10, 2001
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A feminist comedy with real bite; it always brings down the house.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Women slinks devilishly (and expertly) between farce, absurdism and tragedy.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

The gold standard for Almodovar's screwball farces.

Vincent Canby
New York Times

In Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Mr. Almodovar sets out to charm rather than shock. That he succeeds should not come as a surprise.

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Emanuel Levy

Almodovar's most accomplished and most commercially successful comedy to date.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

An exuberant comedy of manners drunk on its own outlandish melodrama.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

This is painless sexual politics, a fiendish comedy full of prickles and pain and the bright shiny pinks of a matador's cape.

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Douglas Pratt

The film's color scheme is like a makeup counter display, and the narrative has the same sort of spirit, with dabs of humor that gloss over or disrupt the heroine's grief.

Austin Chronicle

The movie is a great introduction to Almodóvar's world...

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A hilarious farce by Pedro Almodóvar with over-colored kitsch visuals and a hysterical story full of eccentric characters in absurd situations - and it is… More
Daniel Perry
A very funny sex comedy that unfolds like a farce, in which every character's life intersects with the others', whether they know so or not. Charming… More
Tony Gandía
Slap-happy, fun, riotous - one of Almodovar's best stings with enjoyment.
Jennifer Xu
While I liked the way all the events eventually congealed together, I don't really like Almodovar movies. They all seem inherently cold to me, like I never… More
Reid Volk
A bizarre black comedy that sometimes wanders into screwball territory. It is a tale about a group of women all suffering in their way. Being the first outright… More
Randy Tippy
Fantastic Almodóvar-esque romp through a complex love triangle (evolving into a love tetrahedron). Hysterical!