100

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Almodovar is adept at weaving together strands you'd never guess would match.
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100

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
The year's best foreign-language movie an absolute must-see.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Almodóvar's masterwork, is a spectacular synthesis of everything that has always interested him -- proud women, lovely boys, beautiful drag queens, grand movie stars, gorgeous frocks, wild wallpaper .
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90

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Pedro Almodovar's transfixing tragicomedy -- the best foreign movie of the year -- is also the best showcase for actresses in ages.
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88

Chicago Tribune

Generous in spirit and always engaging as it demonstrates that no matter how difficult life may become, there's no excuse for being drab.
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88

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
A tender genuflection to the women's energies that keep that spinning world from keeling over.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The characters have a weight and reality, as if Almodovar has finally taken pity on them--has seen that although their plights may seem ludicrous, they're real enough to hurt. These are people who stand outside conventional life and its rules, and yet affirm them.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
This is more than a movie: It's Almodovar's design for living.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
No one else makes movies like this Spanish director.
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Mothers definitely get their due here: Birth mothers, adoptive mothers and mothers-to-be - with the only men in sight (save for one young fatality and one old eccentric) being those who wear flashy makeup and sport breasts
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87 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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