Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Many of the characters go by two different names. So best advice for optimum viewing is, see Broken Embraces...twice.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Mr. Almodóvar's love of movies informs every frame of this beautiful film.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
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.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It’s both ridiculous and ridiculously romantic, which is an apt description of a work shaped like a heart and structured like a pretzel.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
As a film that pays tribute to vintage '50s Hollywood, Broken Embraces is a visual delight.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
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.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
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.
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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.
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76 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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