Volver A Smash In Limited Release
Pedro Almodóvar's Volver also created a sensation over the weekend, generating $202,000 in just five theaters. The film received six nominations Saturday for the European Film Awards, tying with Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's The Lives of Others for the most nods. (Winners will be announced during ceremonies in Warsaw, Poland on Dec. 2.) Volver received rhapsodic reviews from critics on Friday. "What a joy to be alive and well and going to the movies during the prime of Pedro Almodóvar," enthused Jan Stuart in Newsday. "One of the year's most delectably twisted treats" is the way Jack Mathews described it in the New York Daily News. Claudia Puig in USA Today hailed it as "suspenseful, clever, gently funny and always emotionally resonant." Much of the praise fell at the feet of Penélope Cruz. Carina Chocano wrote that she instills in her character "an awesome resoluteness and strength of character." And Lou Lumenick in the New York Post commented, "Volver is the best thing to happen to Penelope Cruz since she broke up with Tom Cruise."