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Pain and Glory

A film director reflects on the choices he's made in life as past and present come crashing down around him.
Author Review
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian
"The director delivers another sensuous and deeply personal gem (...) There is a masterful nimbleness in Almodóvar’s narrative style (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Jonathan Holland
The Hollywood Reporter
"It’s unlikely to be remembered with any great fondness by all but Almodovar diehards, its self-regarding inwardness suggesting that he’s struggling, as his hero is here, to find something new to say."  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Peter Debruge
"The result is a mature work of meticulously tuned metafiction, erupting with so many of the director’s signature touches (...) [It rejects] broad melodrama in pursuit of a subtler, more direct form of authenticity"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Eric Kohn
"Pedro Almodóvar’s best movie in years (...) Antonio Banderas excels (...) 'Pain and Glory' has the emotional resonance of an artist coming to terms with the intimate nature of his work"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Nicholas Barber
"Unless you view 'Pain and Glory' through a filter of deep affection for Almodóvar, you will see it as minor work: not painful, but not glorious, either (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Geoffrey Macnab
The Independent
"It’s a wonderfully evocative affair with a subtle, soulful performance from Antonio Banderas (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
BelgiumBelgium M
Alfonso Rivera
"'Pain and Glory' will thrill Pedro’s fans, but it won’t be of interest to the rest of the audience"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Steve Pond
The Wrap
"A beautiful meditation on past and present, a memory piece that will nourish rather than provoke."  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Tim Robey
"[Banderas] gives an impressively honest and touching performance (...) [It] is an uneven dabble in sense memory, with a clever last shot that redeems things slightly – but can’t altogether save it (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
AustraliaAustralia M
Anthony Frajman
"An honest and remorseful examination of a man who has had more regrets than delights – more pain than glory"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Ed Frankl
The Film Stage
"At times, 'Pain and Glory' feels distant, controlled, unwilling to show emotional its hand. By its close it’s a film that clings onto your heartstrings and doesn’t let go."  POS
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