Todos lo Saben (Everybody Knows

Even an "average" movie co-starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem is a way-above-average evening at the cinema.

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I apologize to no one for my desire to see any film whatsoever that stars Penelope Cruz or Javier Bardem. Put them together on the big screen, and I double dare you to keep me away from the cinema. For certain, Cruz and Bardem, both Oscar winners, are quite possibly the most attractive couple on the planet. But they also sizzle on screen in a fashion rarely seen since Hollywood's golden age. Simply put, it's nearly impossible not to give your full attention whenever they're in front of the lens. All that said, you may not share my own enthusiasm for Todos lo Saben (Everybody Knows), co-starring the married couple.

A number of critics have been rather tepid with their own reviews of the film: The New York Times' A.O. Scott said the film "adds up to less than the sum of its parts." Peter Debruge of Variety penned that he thought the film "felt repetitive," and Boyd van Hoeij of The Hollywood Reporter called it "odd" and "underwhelming."

To my esteemed brethren, I say, frijoles duros. Translation: "tough beans." I truly enjoyed Todos lo Saben, and highly recommend it to any discerning moviegoer who likes a taut thriller. It also happens to have been helmed by one of the industry's best new directors, Asghar Farhadi (The Salesman). Besides, even an "average" movie co-starring Cruz and Bardem is, for me, a way-above-average evening at the cinema compared to the way-below-tolerable titles that have been cycling in and out lately.

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Everybody Knows
Rated R · 133 minutes · 2018
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Director: Asghar Farhadi
Producer: Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Álvaro Longoria and Pilar Benito
Cast: Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Ricardo Darín, Eduard Fernández, Inma Cuesta, Bárbara Lennie, Elvira Mínguez, Ramón Barea, Carla Campra, Sergio Castellanos, Sara Sálamo, Roger Casamajor and Jaime Lorente

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