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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.
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.'
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.
For me it felt like a good many weeks at a politically correct summer camp.
Almodovar has called his near-unique creations 'screwball drama.' This finds him working at his best.
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.
Gay filmmakers like Almodovar may be providing a last refuge for decent parts for women, and for wholehearted melodrama in our hyperironic age.
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.
All About My Mother is a movie so intrinsically rich that it doesn't need any metaphors.
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.
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.
It displays a depth and maturity lacking in Almodovar's earlier work.
An emotionally satisfying and brilliantly played take on the ups and (mostly) downs of a group of less-than-typical female friends.
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.