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Broken Embraces

Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug material.

R In Theaters 11/20/2009 , 128min.
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Critic score based on 32 reviews

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April 23, 2010
Interesting drama - worth watching, but not a great film
February 12, 2010
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
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
December 28, 2009
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.
November 03, 2009
Amazing, been bilingual watched it without subtitles across the border and i truly recommend it, hope the great dialogue gets translated rightfully, it'll keep you entertained throughout. The characters belong to their performers, specially Penelope.

Critic Reviews powered by Metacritic ™

Washington Post
Amid all this dazzling artifice, the film's most authentic source of power comes from its star. Full Review
A.O. Scott
The New York Times
Broken Embraces leaves the viewer in a contradictory state, a mixture of devastation and euphoria, amusement and dismay that deserves its own clinical designation. Call it Almodvaria, a syndrome from which some of us are more than happy to suffer. Full Review
Amy Biancolli
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. Full Review
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
The writer-director is up to his old tricks, creating an onion of an experience -- a movie within a movie within a movie, irony in each layer, poignancy that stings and whimsy that bites. Full Review
Claudia Puig
USA Today
As a film that pays tribute to vintage '50s Hollywood, Broken Embraces is a visual delight. Full Review

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