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Based on 32 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Cruz exudes a sensual aura of mystery that holds you spellbound. And Almodóvar, a true poet of cinema, creates images -- horrifying and healing -- that live inside your head like a waking dream. You want to miss a movie like that? I didn’t think so. show more

  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    It all adds up to an entertaining combination of suspense and melodrama, a movie that doesn't cohere too well - and veers toward the silly in its more-obvious plot mechanics. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    As a film that pays tribute to vintage '50s Hollywood, Broken Embraces is a visual delight. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Mr. Almodóvar's love of movies informs every frame of this beautiful film. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    A melodrama painted in the saffron-and-turmeric hues of a Bollywood musical, Broken Embraces is the Spanish filmmaker's homage to Hitchcock's "Vertigo," that moody account of obsessional love and double lives. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The notable lack of chemistry between Cruz and Homar is a crucial absence in a film about all-consuming romance. And though each part is great fun to watch, the whole feels unfinished. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    This is a pretty minor film from the filmmaker. It feels like more of an exercise in plotting and movie nostalgia than a story about real people. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A voluptuary of a film, drunk on primary colors, caressing Penelope Cruz, using the devices of a Hitchcock to distract us with surfaces while the sinister uncoils beneath. As it ravished me, I longed for a freeze frame to allow me to savor a shot. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The movie putters near the end, but it's a film lover's delight. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    That still makes Broken Embraces superior to at least 99 percent of the movies released in 2009. Run, don't walk. show more

  • April 23, 2010 drarthurwells
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    Interesting drama - worth watching, but not a great film

  • February 12, 2010 Xsonza
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    I love Pedro Almodovar films - but this one was just not good. Broken Embraces had all the Almodovar elements - the quirky characters with their neurosis, the wacky narrative, and the colorful scene designs - but, despite all of that, it felt more like a shell of his earlier movies.

  • January 09, 2010 Duke de WF
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    Granted that I'm not totally familiar with Director Almodovar, but I found Broken Embraces totally boring. Maybe the Spanish would find it "hot stuff" but the plot is disjoined that situations are presented that have absolutely no relevance to the storyline. A gay son with a gay bedroom scene? Why??? Made no sense as to why Almodovar would insert this. It went nowhere. The same effect could have been had by making the son simply angry with the father for general principles. And this was only one thing that made no sense. At one point the two prinicipals were returning to Madrid at night dropped off the face of the earth for a tryst. At a round-about they stop for a lingering kiss? Please. Middle aged people don't do that. I keep thinking, "What were all these major reviewers smokin' when they wrote their overflowing reviews?"

  • December 28, 2009 thevisitor967
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    I never thougfht I'd call an Almodovar film boring, but that's precisely what I thought about Broken Embraces. I don't know what happened to Almodovar. He used to make clever, wacky, funny films like Law of Desire, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Live Flesh, etc. Now it seems like he's making all these serious and glum films like Broken Embarces, Bad Education, Talk to Her, etc. Although I liked Volver, I still think Almodovar was at his prime during the '80s. He didn't take himself so seriously and was more adventurous. In a way, he reminds me of Woody Allen. Like Almodovar, Allen made inventive and brilliant films at the beginning of his carreer, such as Annie Hall, Manhattan, The Purple Rose of Cairo, etc. I found Broken Embraces too long, the characters uninteresting with nothing really important to say, and the pacing too slow.

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