It's a movie that's too naive to be pornography and too callous to be art. [25 May 1990]
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Almodovar consolidated his status as a challenging and bold filmmaker by forcing Americans to drop their zany preconceptions of him and see his world through his eyes.
In terms of psychology, it's an abysmal failure, too real to be symbolic, too symbolic to be realistic. [25 May 1990]
An offensive premise and a pathetic, almost pleading desire to outrage our sensibilities with it.
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! is seamlessly crafted yet too self-conscious to be much fun.
There's a hushed, rapturous quality to its best parts, though, and the emotional interplay between Ricky and Marina has a scary immediacy that the movies rarely achieve. Almodovar dares a lot in this film. [4 May 1990]
The movie is too flighty and uncentered, and it allows actual violence to break the spell when false alarms would have sufficed.
Mr. Almodovar's comic invention runs out too soon, leaving the audience to giggle weakly in anticipation of the big laughs and disorienting shocks that never arrive.