Todo sobre mi madre 1999

Critics score:
98 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Roger Ebert, At the Movies: One of the best films of the Spanish director, whose films present a Tennessee Williams sensibility in the visual style of a 1950s Universal-International tearjerker. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: A surprisingly satisfying combination of bawdy sexual humor, genuine emotion and a plot with mechanics so excessive that Almodovar himself calls it 'a screwball drama.' Read more

Susan Stark, Detroit News: Funny, provocative and deeply sympathetic in its wide embrace of women and those who would be women, All About My Mother is a beacon of a film. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: For me it felt like a good many weeks at a politically correct summer camp. Read more

Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Often deeply ludicrous, it's just as often deeply moving. Read more

Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle: Almodovar has called his near-unique creations 'screwball drama.' This finds him working at his best. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: Few melodramas with such tragic underpinnings have ever made me feel so intensely happy. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: This self-styled 'screwball melodrama,' a dance of grief, comedy, coincidence and resilience -- has a genuine emotional impact unlike anything Almodovar has done before. Read more

Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly: Gay filmmakers like Almodovar may be providing a last refuge for decent parts for women, and for wholehearted melodrama in our hyperironic age. Read more

Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture: This is Almodovar's best film in a long while. Read more

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer: All About My Mother, for all its self-deconstruction, is played with more sobriety and conviction than any of Mr. Almodovar's previous films. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: An exquisitely constructed melodrama. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, All About My Mother is a movie so intrinsically rich that it doesn't need any metaphors. Read more

Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle: The tone of All About My Mother has the heart-on-the-sleeve emotions of soap opera, but it is completely sincere and by no means camp. Read more

David Edelstein, Slate: It's a lovely work. Read more

Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Almodovar knows how to tug on the heartstrings, and his filmmaking skills are well-displayed. Nonetheless, some fans might come away disappointed. Read more

TIME Magazine: It brims with life. Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out: It displays a depth and maturity lacking in Almodovar's earlier work. Read more

Jonathan Holland, Variety: An emotionally satisfying and brilliantly played take on the ups and (mostly) downs of a group of less-than-typical female friends. Read more

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J. Hoberman, Village Voice: All About My Mother is the achieved synthesis of the whole Almodovariety show, a new genre -- part farce, part weepie, low camp and high melodrama, caustic yet heartwarming, humanist and programmatically gender-blurring. Read more