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A voluptuary of a film, drunk on primary colors, caressing Penelope Cruz, using the devices of a Hitchcock to distract us with surfaces while the sinister uncoils beneath. As it ravished me, I longed for a freeze frame to allow me to savor a shot.
Many of the characters go by two different names. So best advice for optimum viewing is, see Broken Embraces...twice.
Cruz exudes a sensual aura of mystery that holds you spellbound. And Almodóvar, a true poet of cinema, creates images -- horrifying and healing -- that live inside your head like a waking dream. You want to miss a movie like that? I didn't think so.
The movie putters near the end, but it's a film lover's delight.
That still makes Broken Embraces superior to at least 99 percent of the movies released in 2009. Run, don't walk.
Wall Street Journal
Mr. Almodóvar's love of movies informs every frame of this beautiful film.
As a film that pays tribute to vintage '50s Hollywood, Broken Embraces is a visual delight.
A melodrama painted in the saffron-and-turmeric hues of a Bollywood musical, Broken Embraces is the Spanish filmmaker's homage to Hitchcock's "Vertigo," that moody account of obsessional love and double lives.
The Hollywood Reporter
This is a pretty minor film from the filmmaker. It feels like more of an exercise in plotting and movie nostalgia than a story about real people.
The notable lack of chemistry between Cruz and Homar is a crucial absence in a film about all-consuming romance. And though each part is great fun to watch, the whole feels unfinished.
It all adds up to an entertaining combination of suspense and melodrama, a movie that doesn't cohere too well - and veers toward the silly in its more-obvious plot mechanics.

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