• Released
  • October 14, 2011
  • (Limited 10/14)
  • R , 1 hr 57 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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88

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
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.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Allusions to "Vertigo," "Rebecca," and Georges Franju's great 1960 French horror movie "Eyes Without a Face" are intentional: The Skin I Live In is, above all, the creation of a movie fanatic who loves to look.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The Skin I Live in is Almodóvar reaching back to his sickest, kinkiest self, and it's nice to see him trying to luxuriate in sleaze again.
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75

Movieline

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.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
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.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Almodovar makes some missteps in his icky mélange of melodrama and mischief, but the end result is playfully devious.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
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.
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70 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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