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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Like many lab experiments, this melodramatic hybrid makes for an unstable fusion. Only someone as talented as Almodóvar could have mixed such elements without blowing up an entire movie.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    As coldly calculating and infuriating as it can be, the film and its production design are stunning. But characters' actions and motivations are beyond comprehension.

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  • 83

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Allusions to "Vertigo," "Rebecca," and Georges Franju's great 1960 French horror movie "Eyes Without a Face" are intentional: The Skin I Live In is, above all, the creation of a movie fanatic who loves to look.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Ultimately an original film that forces us, time and again, to reconsider what we think we've just seen, and what we're sure we feel - not only about mere appearance, or fateful gender, but about who, under our skin, we truly are.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

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Bizarre Almodovar drama is far too intense for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this boundary-pushing drama/thriller from celebrated Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar (and starring Antonio Banderas) is arguably his most perverse, controversial film to date, even more so than 2004's Bad Education. It contains kidnapping, graphic rape, nudity, sex, burn victims, murder, blood, pill-popping, and a forced sex-change operation, as well as supernatural elements and themes borrowed from the Frankenstein story. The English subtitles contain a few strong words, including "f--k" and "c--t."

  • Families can talk about the movie's sexual relationships. Is there anything loving or consensual about any of them? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.
  • How do the film's violent events affect you? Are they horrifying, or do they seem more like dark comedy? Is the violence necessary to the story?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Most of the behavior here is cruel and vindictive, and some of the motivation is bitter revenge. 

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Nobody here is a role model. All of these people are disturbed, vindictive, dishonest, and deluded.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Very intense. A young man is kidnapped and chained to a wall. After a while, he's forced to undergo sex-change surgery and endless plastic surgery to change his appearance. There's one full-on rape scene (with clothes tearing and repeated thrusting motions) and another attempted rape. Several characters are shot and killed, with lots of blood. A woman tries to kill herself; viewers see cuts all over her body. A burn victim kills herself after seeing her reflection in a window. 

  • sex false5

    Sex: A man has sex with his daughter's rapist, whom he has forced into having a sex change. Several scenes of female toplessness and naked bottoms. There's a teen "orgy" in the woods, though nothing is shown other than the movement of bodies from a distance and "sexy" moaning sounds. Oral sex and teens with more than one partner are suggested. Some sex talk.

  • language false4

    Language: Language (in Spanish with English subtitles) is strong but not constant; words include "f--k," "s--t," and "c--t."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A young man takes too many pills and confesses to being "high" during a party. He boasts at a later period that he has not taken any pills in "a week."