Kinatay (Butchered) (The Execution of P)
Kinatay (Butchered) (The Execution of P) (2009)

A decent man who steps outside the law finds himself falling into an abyss in this violent thriller from Philippine director Brillante Mendoza. Pepoy (Coco Martin) is a young man studying to become a policeman who has recently married his… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 1, 2010
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

An exercise in experiential cinema, as well as a blistering critique of a society that drives its poorest to unimaginable acts for mere survival.

Jean-François Vandeuren

Kinatay demeure, certes, une expérience cinématographique unique en son genre, et ce, à bien des égards%u2026 Mais une expérience ratée malgré tout.

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Jay Weissberg

Mendoza strengthens his gift for describing space with inquisitive cameras, but as the helmer's star rises, his subtlety wanes, resulting in obvious statements made banal by heavy-handed ironies.

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Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Frankly, most people will find Kinatay either unremittingly tedious, harrowing or vile. Possibly all three. Mendoza is no gore-hound. He's more serious than Noe. This is a fiercely moral and horribly unforgettable denunciation of societal corruption.

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

Wild sound, aided by the spot-on punctuation of the score, turns the two-dimensional, often murky rectangle of the theater screen into a seemingly boundless, infinitely dangerous void space. Call it four dimensions of terror.

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Mike Goodridge
Screen International

A nerve-shredding exploration of crime which is both repellent and grimly compelling.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Ivan Descartin
(Note: Flixster's picture for this film is wrong)"Kinatay" is one of my 'quiet' must-see films, not just because of the Cannes… More