Volver Synopsis
A ghost returns to her hometown to settle matters that were unresolved upon her death.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Volver is Almodovar's passionate tribute to the community of women -- living and dead -- who nurtured him. Through the transformative power...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It is refreshing to see Cruz acting in the culture and language that is her own. As it did with Sophia Loren in the 1950s, Hollywood has...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
With this, possibly his most subdued film, Almodo´var reinforces his status as one of the most distinctive and talented filmmakers working...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
It's very difficult to mesh fantasy with reality, but with great charm and a light touch, Almodovar shows exactly how it should be done.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
For a black comedy whose tangled sequence of events is completely improbable, Pedro Almodóvar's Volver feels absolutely authentic. So,...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Volver brims with personal and cinematic allusions, but no one hungry for a well-told tale from a master storyteller is required to...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Funny as it is fierce, breathtaking as it is life-affirming.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
It's hard to say if Volver is a great film -- hard because every woman and girl in it is so damned endearing (the men are either impediments...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Lower your expectations going into Volver and accept it for what it is: a ridiculously entertaining melodrama with loud echoes of "Mildred...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie opens as borderline Hitchcock, echoing the tone of the filmmaker's bravura "Bad Education" (2004), and then turns into a kind of...
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By deepblue
funny, deep, i really recommed it!! Penelope does a great job , it's really one of the many master pieces of the almodovar!!great casting!!...

Fascinating blend

By Adult
A fascinating blend of modern urban Spain and the country's traditional culture, replete with folkways and superstitions. The subtitles didn't always match the Spanish, sometimes with humorous...

Volver is outstanding

By rayh52
We'd heard it was a good "chick flick" but there was no gender gap on this one...we both thought it was outstanding (especially Penelope Cruz's performance.......


By leahface
having never been a big fan of penelope cruz in american movies, i was surprised by how involved i felt with her charactor in this spanish flick. spanish is definitly her language for shining. this...

Volver - Powerful

By OakRidger
Volver is a superb and gripping story with a very unique texture. I would characterize this movie as a very suspenseful drama, quite sensual, and a passion that maintains its power throughout the...

volver...a great foreign flick

By nani
We really enjoyed how the story unfolds during the last third of the movie. It was great to see the strong women making decisions on how to handle their abusive situations and how they moved on with...


By angiepants
My friends and I went to go see this movie on a cold, rainy afternoon. Almodovar made sure to warm up the screen with spicy Penelope Cruz, intriguing plot twists, strong female characters, and...


By dbaker718
The warmth and humor of human relationships is what Almodovar has always been about, though he tends to pick quirky, extreme relationships -- perhaps to help us see that even the strangest among us...

Volver - with Penelope Cruz

By austintxmovie
As with all Pedro Almodovar flicks he "had you at hello". Penelope Cruz and Carmen Mauro were excellent in their roles. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and recommend it to all. Good luck to Ms....

wonderful film

By moviegoer23
I was worried that this movie would be too mystical and weird but it wasn't at all. It's a fantastic film that I highly recommend!...

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Rated R | For some sexual content and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Penelope Cruz shines in mother-daughter tale.
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