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Based on 37 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 7 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Even when the film's frigid elegance, perfectly captured by cinematographer José Luis Alcaine, becomes off-puttingly clinical, Almodóvar's passion burns through. The skin he lives in is alive to challenge no matter what warped form it takes. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Pedro Almodóvar is one of the few filmmakers with the ability to infuse the screen with his own consciousness, and to see The Skin I Live In is to enter into his nightmare. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    As coldly calculating and infuriating as it can be, the film and its production design are stunning. But characters' actions and motivations are beyond comprehension. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Ultimately an original film that forces us, time and again, to reconsider what we think we've just seen, and what we're sure we feel - not only about mere appearance, or fateful gender, but about who, under our skin, we truly are. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Almodovar makes some missteps in his icky mélange of melodrama and mischief, but the end result is playfully devious. show more

  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Like many lab experiments, this melodramatic hybrid makes for an unstable fusion. Only someone as talented as Almodóvar could have mixed such elements without blowing up an entire movie. show more

  • 75

    Aside from his usual bold color schemes, Almodóvar has managed a remarkably restrained telling of what's in essence a sci-fi psychosexual melodrama set in the very near future of 2012 Toledo. show more

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    By the end of the movie, when all your questions have been answered, you're left with the exhilarating high of having been manipulated by a gifted artist in a diabolically dark mood. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Spanish master filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar offers up a grisly Halloween trick-and-treat in his first full-out horror movie, an eye-popping and genuinely shocking gender-bending twist on Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo.'' show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Though I usually take pleasure in Almodovar's sexy darkness, this film induces queasiness. show more

  • March 22, 2012 xq00000000102408
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    This was some serious crap ... don\'t know what any of you were thinking that liked this movie. This was just some esoteric piffle that some idiot thought up. A 117 minutes of watching a girl with a cute face and big ass locked in a room for no reason. No drama, no suspense, no insight. Just 117 minutes of boredom.

  • November 19, 2011 ejtindc
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    I usually like Almodovar\'s films and find them well-directed, interesting studies of a sometimes warped view of the human condition. I\'ve long noted his fairly misogynistic viewpoint, but felt the films were interesting enough to make them worth watching despite that. I found The Skin I Live In a complete waste of time - violent and yet completely irrelevant. Not particularly creative and the \"shocker\" at the end wasn\'t worth sitting through the film for.

  • November 17, 2011 negem
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    A review from someone who goes to an Almodovar movie not knowing that there will be subtitles isn\'t worth the time to read. Please. Some discretion in review selection! f

  • November 13, 2011 warehserat2911
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    Pedro Almodovar\'s latest movie \"The Skin I Live In\" is dark and so damn twisted. It is also well acted and keeps you riveted until the final seconds. Antonio Banderas has his best role in years. Don\'t let anyone tell you anything about the plot. Just go and be prepared to be blown away.

  • November 06, 2011 Margaret Opine
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    A multiplicity of emotions explored and expressed in this theater piece. Some shocking; some sustaining. My companion mused, \"Oh my. He messed with the wrong man\'s child.\" It is one thing to be a mad scientist; it is yet another to be a man father who can also be a \"mad scientist\"...vengefully! The script stumbles to the end: a lot to cover: multiplexed, multifaceted: a bit too much, but still okay. We picked it apart at dinner in a restaurant. It held its own by 90%. All in all, we were drawn into the movie and Banderos was wonderful, as well as, the entire supporting cast. We vowed to see it again with other people.--MO

  • October 29, 2011 jpewther
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    The weirdest revenge story I have ever seen. People were shocked...and laughing. I didn\'t realize I was going to have to read subtitles.

  • October 24, 2011 Jessicaatsmc
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    Incredible and Masterful Filmmaking by Almodovar. Artisitc and Beautiful, and the best part is you feel absolutely mind-f%#&ed for hours after closing titles.

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