• Released
  • October 14, 2011
  • (Limited 10/14)
  • R , 1 hr 57 min
  • Art House/Foreign
The Skin I Live In Synopsis
A plastic surgeon (Antonio Banderas) keeps a woman (Elena Anaya) locked away in his lavish mansion.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Aside from his usual bold color schemes, Almodóvar has managed a remarkably restrained telling of what's in essence a sci-fi psychosexual...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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The Skin I Live In

By theresa629kendrick
Beware, Almodovar once again delivers! This film asks unsettling questions. If you don't come out of this Almodovar film in discomfort, you and I have not seen the same movie. He doesn't use the...

Not what I expected

By mawaddell
It was creepy, but not what I expected. Usually a psycho-thriller that has you on the edge of your seat actually does just that. But although this movie was creepy by the standard of the content, I...

careful what u wish for

By carx15
Extraordinary, concept, plot et al. Afterthought, yes, why not. What an very interesting ploy for revenge. Although the cast was miniscule (a few) and settings hypothetically simple, this did not...

Fans of Psycho-erotic-thrillers should see this. Holy moly!

By Nacho Baggo
This is my second Pedro Almodovar film (BROKEN EMBRACES) and I left this one disturbed and amazed. This one takes you places you don't want to go, makes you witness things you don't want to see, and...

The Skin I Live In

By ScottGGH
I've enjoyed Pedro Almodóvar's films for years. He brings a distinct visual eye and alternative emotional perspective to his productions. Now he's venturing into an almost David Cronenberg...


By Drivebri
I loved this film ! Pedro Almodovar has surprised me again with a fresh story, stellar acting , beautiful cinematography.I will be thinking about this odd gem of a movie for a long time .Obsess over...

strange off-beat film

By Timhea
This film is for special tastes. It's well played and well made. It's a kinky film, but not titilating. For me, it did not live up to the four star rating afforded it by Newsday....

Over the edge

By santimiami
I have seen almost all of Almodovar's movies, and I have enjoyed them all; but this one is too over the edge for me! Nonetheless, it was interesting how he death with issues such as revenge,...

By acutrone
The performances and plot line although predictable turned out to have a not so predictable ending. The film itself was beautiful to look at with an impeccable attention to detail. Enjoy....

A Seriously Twisted Indie Import...Scarier Than Horror And Then Some.

By Alon Patterson
Without exaggeration, this is one of the most twisted psychological thrillers you'll likely ever see. It's one unique piece of storytelling, the kind you’ll wish you hadn’t heard. Or, in this case...

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Rated R | For sexual assault, language, strong sexuality, drug use, disturbing violent content and graphic nudity
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Bizarre Almodovar drama is far too intense for kids.
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