Scott Hardie: “It was ok.”
Expounding on a theme over and over is not the same thing as being deep about it. Pedro Almódovar is rightly praised for his vivid photography and his sensitivity to women's issues, but unless I was just on the wrong wavelength, his tone is all wrong. The characters greet some shocking developments with minimal reaction, and tension and humor miss their mark. Things pick up better in the second half, but even then, the "surprising" revelations are not exactly hard to predict.