• Released
  • May 4, 1990
  • 1 hr 45 min
  • Comedy
    Suspense/Thriller
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90

Washington Post

By Rita Kempley
X marks the G-spot perhaps, for this is an orgiastic comedy of terrors and errors.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Peter Rainer
There's a hushed, rapturous quality to its best parts, though, and the emotional interplay between Ricky and Marina has a scary immediacy that the movies rarely achieve. Almodovar dares a lot in this film. [4 May 1990]
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80

Empire

By Damon Wise
Almodovar consolidated his status as a challenging and bold filmmaker by forcing Americans to drop their zany preconceptions of him and see his world through his eyes.
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80

Variety

Almodovar's inventive direction, superb lensing by Jose Luis Alcaine, a fine score by Ennio Morricone and top technical credits make pic a pleasure to watch.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! is seamlessly crafted yet too self-conscious to be much fun.
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63

TV Guide

Staying with Tie Me Up! demands some patience, but the director's timing never fails him, and he brings things to a close on an upbeat note.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie is too flighty and uncentered, and it allows actual violence to break the spell when false alarms would have sufficed.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
In terms of psychology, it's an abysmal failure, too real to be symbolic, too symbolic to be realistic. [25 May 1990]
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50

Chicago Tribune

It's a movie that's too naive to be pornography and too callous to be art. [25 May 1990]
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
[Pedro Almodovar] gives it a nice try, but his approach turns out to be completely wrong for the material he's working with here. [25 May 1990]
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56 out of 100
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