• Released
  • October 12, 1997
  • NR , 1 hr 40 min
  • Drama
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90

New York Magazine (Vulture)

Live Flesh, the best movie from Almodóvar since that Iberian screwball classic "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown."
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90

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
Live Flesh is an effortlessly articulated tragicomedy by Pedro Almodovar, a world-renowned filmmaker at the height of his powers. [30 Jan 1998]
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Everything (not just the flesh) is vibrant with life.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Almodovar is positively mature, adapting a novel by Ruth Rendell so deftly that the plot now also describes the invigorating and sometimes disorienting effects of democracy after long years of repression under the Franco regime.
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78

Austin Chronicle

By Russell Smith
Possibly due to the story's origin as a Ruth Rendell novel, this is the most coherent, viewer-friendly narrative he's ever filmed.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Live Flesh is an often surprising assemblage of attractive parts that never seems to earn a full emotional response. [06 feb 1998]
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63

TV Guide

The result is undeniably gorgeous, but it's all busy surface, beautiful bodies and ironically absurd plot contrivance, occasionally awkward references to political events in '70s Spain notwithstanding.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Live Flesh lacks freshness.
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50

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
The real trouble with this movie is that it represents the continuing departure of Almodovar from the chaotic, riotous and anti-social roots that gave his best movies their zest.
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40

Empire

The psychological study that is the author's trademark is reduced to superficial and negative motivation - lust, guilt, revenge, escape.
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69 out of 100
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