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90
This delicious little period piece from Spanish writer-director Pablo Berger is like one of those really expensive chocolates, where you start out expecting a brief sugar buzz and end up surprised by the sophistication and delicacy of the flavor.
75
New York Daily News
The result is a highly amusing folly, rendered with a surprisingly gentle affection.
75
New York Post
Slyly funny.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
Possesses a lighthearted quality that makes it rather enjoyable.
70
Raunchy without ever devolving into flat-out prurience, Berger's oddly sweet comedy perfectly captures the naivete of the era and the unexpected wholesomeness of some of its adult entertainment.
67
Deepened by the socioeconomic undercurrent that suggests the lengths to which workers are forced to prostitute themselves to survive corporate downsizing.
60
Empire
This is a gentle, camp but nonetheless revealing satire on how a nation circumvented the social strictures imposed upon it by Franco's fading fascist regime.
50
Entertainment Weekly
Has the dubious distinction of being just about the mildest porno comedy ever made. It's like something the teenage Pedro Almodóvar might have written to shock his 10th-grade creative writing teacher.
50
Has the slapped-together, cheesy look of a porno movie. While this could be distracting, the shoddiness sets the mood for a humorous spin on the European porn industry circa early 1970s.
50
Austin Chronicle
All this and not a glimmer of General Franco makes for a surreal - and sporadically inspired - comedy of Spanish mores back when naughty was nice.

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