A vibrant, mature love letter to the making of movies, the meaning of movies, and the dark-eyed muse Penélope Cruz...
—Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly
...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.
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
Sleek and swank...
—Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune
You may get whiplash following the twists and turns in the latest wild ride from Spain?s Pedro Almodóvar. But it hurts so good.
—Peter Travers Rolling Stone
As a film that pays tribute to vintage '50s Hollywood, Broken Embraces is a visual delight. In its exploration of passionate jealousy, it is entertaining but facile and melodramatic.
—Claudia Puig USA Today
...there is pleasure in Broken Embraces; its lack of heft, its vaguely second-tier status, actually makes it easy to enjoy as a thin but involving melodrama.
—Jesse Hassenger filmcritic.com
The mix of surrealism and passion resonates, but the plodding pace threatens to suck the life out of this tale.
—Dezhda Gaubert E!