Parallel Mothers

critic Reviews

, 96% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A brilliant forum for Penélope Cruz's talent, Parallel Mothers reaffirms the familiar pleasures of Almodóvar's filmmaking while proving he's still capable of growth.
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    Adam NaymanThe Ringer
    Cruz may not be the favorite in the Best Actress race, but her performance in Pedro Almodóvar’s film is, well, unparalleled.
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    Barry HertzGlobe and Mail
    I was both fairly sure what Parallel Mothers might be, and eager to be surprised. Thankfully, Almodóvar delivers on both fronts – as Almodóvar should almost always be entrusted to do.
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    David StrattonThe Australian
    If you're already a fan of Almodovar's work this is essential viewing; if you haven't been introduced to his very special world before, Parallel Mothers will be a great place to start.
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    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    Most of all, it's Cruz who sets the tone, with a performance that radiates warmth and is refreshingly forgiving of her character's flaws. She has never been better.
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    Tara BradyIrish Times
    Even the dark excavation at the heart of the enterprise is delivered with wit, warmth and eye-popping colours.
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    John AndersonAmerica Magazine
    What won't be a surprise for those familiar with Almodóvar is the film's mix of restraint and extravagance, the director's delirious use of color, his ecstatic aesthetic and a sense of the theatrical.
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    Alejandro LingentiLa Nación (Argentina)
    Intense melodrama... [Full review in Spanish]
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    Ruben Peralta RigaudCocalecas
    Surprising and emotional as Spain's history is masterfully blended within the narrative. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Matt BrunsonFilm Frenzy
    A shattering drama whose potency is occasionally diluted by an intrusive secondary storyline.
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    Sucharita TyagiFilm Companion
    I can't stress enough just how incredibly great this film is.
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