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!!...


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!...


By peliculas-movies
It was a great movie. I think in this film Almodobar learned something from Hichcock (sorry for the spelling). I like how he always shows mother-daither relationship. Its an intersting movie, is fun,...

Almodovar is masterful.....

By tezzmorena
.........Penelope Cruz entices her audience with her total emission and gift of giving in this performance. The movie gets you from the beginning with the opening scene.......and is a total feast for...


By BigMovieFanBFG
Penelope Cruz is fantastic in this tragi-comedy- Best Foreign Film tie with Pan's Labyrinth - a definite must-see for people who enjoy to laugh through their tears. This is a definite commentary on...


By Big Time
I really enjoyed this movie it was very funny (for those of you that speak spanish)! Its a very easy movie to follow even if you dont speak spanish. The plot was very good and unique. I think that...

VOLVER = Quintessential Almodovar

By lugubriousthespian
Pedro Almodovar's most recent film VOLVER ( Spanish for coming home ) is most aptly titled as he not only filmed it in his hometown of Lamancha but he returns also to some o his most rewarding themes...


By bcarolean
What an unpredictable and entertaining movie. It is one of the best by Director Almodovar. Penelope Cruz is a remarkable actress, and her co-stars were amazing. It is so great to see Carmen Maura...

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Rated R | For some sexual content and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says not for kids Penelope Cruz shines in mother-daughter tale.
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