(2002)

Critic Reviews

86

Metascore

Based on 34 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Chicago Sun-Times
No director since Fassbinder has been able to evoke such complex emotions with such problematic material.
100
Entertainment Weekly
Like everything else in this superb work of art, ''Shrinking Lover'' is exquisitely Almodóvarian. It's funny, tender, a little shocking, and it pays homage to what we know about movies: that they can move us beyond words.
100
The actors are outstanding, illuminating four different views of loneliness. But it's Camara's tour-de-force performance that anchors the film, that shocks and unnerves us.
100
Wall Street Journal
Beautiful (sometimes sublimely so), daring (sometimes outrageously so), seriously crazed and terrifically funny.
100
Great filmmakers push their ideas and characters to the limit, unafraid of consequences - which is what Pedro Almodovar has done in Talk To Her, his latest film and, I think, his best.
100
One of Almodóvar's most challenging pictures, jumping around in time and sending a large gallery of characters through a wide variety of situations -- will find him again at the peak of his powers.
88
It is at once warmly humanistic and boldly innovative, raising philosophical questions but not answering them.
88
Philadelphia Inquirer
Almodóvar has made a powerfully moving film about men who think they want to lose themselves in their women, then are startled to realize that they're the ones who have been comatose.
88
New York Daily News
This quiet yet jolting meditation on love, obsession, loneliness, friendship and fate has the quality to entrance you through a first viewing, and compel you to take its themes and characters home with you for further consideration.
88
Miami Herald
This rich, emotionally complex movie finds Almodóvar venturing into trickier, more fascinating territory, even if his themes.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
This is Almodovar's stab at serious drama, and the result is bizarre and affecting but also unsettling in ways that the filmmaker may not have intended.

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