Critic Consensus: Intertwining murder and seduction, Pedro Almodóvar's Matador is a provocative thriller that will shock even the most adventurous moviegoers.
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as Diego Montes
as Flower Vendor
as Assistant to Maria and Diego
as Mary's secretary
as First Student
as Second Student
as Third Student
as Fourth Student
as Raul Ordonez, type 1
as Raul Ordonez, type 2
as Chica Ana
as Loyal one
as Loyal one
as First Policeman
as Second Policeman
as T.V. Announcer
as Tata Angel
as First fighter
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Critic Reviews for Matador
Almódovar unfolds this convoluted plot with zig-zagging surrealism and a careening, sordidly erotic energy that effectively undermines the culturally institutionalized repression targeted by the filmmaker.
If Blue Velvet raised eyebrows, Matador will have some moviegoers blinking in disbelief.
One of Almodovar's better features, although, like many of the others, it partially plays the role of popularizing stronger stuff, and resorts to some contrived plot devices in order to fuse its diverse story elements.
Not so much a maelstrom as a mess of contrived eroticism, pretentious dialogue, and voyeuristic sensationalism, Almodóvar's silly, cod-philosophical whodunit impresses only for its bravado.
For all its jolts and bizarre flights of fancy, Matador is a marvelously fluid and darkly sensual film in which Almodovar elicits exquisitely controlled performances.
Audience Reviews for Matador
Looking past all the absurdities the film has to offer, Matador is essentially a dark romantic comedy at its core. With passion and obsession meeting fueling the characters' actions, Almodvar steps up and shows audiences he isn't afraid to tell original stories.
An unlikely love affair emerges between two serial killers, one is a thrill-seeking ex matador and the other a gorgeous and twisted defense attorney. To say that a Pedro Almodóvar film revolves around an odd set of circumstances is like pointing out that Yul Brenner is bald or that Truman Capote was gay. It's just something that's understood. And true to his nature, Almodóvar approaches this bizarre situation without judgment or preconception. Part of his genius lies in his assumption that audiences are basically intelligent and, when given enough information, are perfectly capable of drawing their own conclusions. Another perspicacious offering from the underrated Spanish master.
torture porn? necrophilia? that's just the first five minutes...then it gets weird. one twisted and hilarious waltz of sex and death
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