Broken Embraces Synopsis
A man lives in obscurity after the death of the love of his life and the loss of his sight.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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love it!!!!!

By jdjttramda
penelope cruz is brilliant, terrific and espectcular.... love it!!!!!!...

Broken Embraces

By jettman001
One of the greastest movies I have seen in a long time. It is a must see movie! I expect to see many awards for this movie. Peneelope Cruz will be an Oscar contender....

Five Word Review

By pingle2000
superbe! total Almodovar geniality amazing!...

Broken Embraces

By cleland217
Cruz and Pedro have made better, but this one is still worth checking out on a rainy afternoon....

You must be an Almodovar fan

By TonyinSunnyvale
to truly appreciate this movie. The reenactments of scenes from prior works (Women on the Verge) add a lot of fun to this "movie within a movie within a movie" that Mr. Almodovar loves to employ, or...

Almodovar again

By hectorarmand
Just another beautifull artwork from this exelent director. It's not that intence like "talk to her" or "la mala educación" but remember that still being Almodovar. I totaly recomend this movie...

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By Judy90403
Confusing at first but mesmerizing...


By chicagograndma
Probably the best movie of 2009 -- sexy, intelligent, funny, intriguing. Almavodar at his best....

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By Geekgirl48
Love Pedro And Penelope together...

the force that through the green fuse drives the flower

By salvador_bali
drives my green age; that blasts the oak is my destroyer.... --D.Thomas as almadovar flourishes for our joy....

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Rated R | For sexual content, language and some drug material
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says not for kids Stylish Almodovar drama is too mature for teens.
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