Metro Manila
Metro Manila (2014)

Ellis, whose previous films include the award-winning CASHBACK and THE BROKEN, travels to the Philippines to tell the story of Oscar Ramirez, a down-on-his-luck farmer who flees the countryside with his family to look for a brighter future… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 22, 2014
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Infusing thriller tropes with a searing glimpse of modern-day corruption, Metro Manila is just as gripping as any action blockbuster -- and twice as thought-provoking.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Proof that you can't go wrong with the same old story.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

It's pacy, engrossing, and Jake Macapagal's turn as the plucky schmuck protagonist is stellar

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

The acting is very good in this movie and the story is well-written and compelling. The production values are solid. This is a good looking film. This is a grim, depressing tale, but there is more to it than that.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

As bleak as a Dickens novel, yet twinned with a contemporary heist drama, Metro Manila straddles two worlds in telling the story of a desperate family man who moves from a small farm to the city.

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Alissa Simon

Boasts the stock characters and situations, sentimentality, foreshadowing and melodrama of soap opera. Yet by cleverly blending these ingredients with those of an action caper, the pic presents a fresher appeal.

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Michael Dequina

Satisfying as entertainment and remarkably cathartic as drama, this is a masterful achievement that deserves to find the audience that the marketplace seems determined to deny it.

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Rob Nelson
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The movie works as a contemporary look at desperation in crime-riddled Manila, but it's also as deliciously old-fashioned as the late '40s-era film noir "Kiss of Death," and nearly as entertaining.

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage

The tone is much bleaker [then Cashback], though, showing his evolution as a filmmaker and person to embrace the world's cynicism with a lens no longer tinted by fun quirk.

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Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto

The painstaking set-up for the heist is both admirable in its detail and off-putting in the slick way it exploits poverty, reducing social drama to a genre gimmick.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Jesse Ortega
This is a pretty depressing movie all things considered. While, obviously, parts of the film are exaggerated for dramatic effect, there's something about… More
Maymay Asahan
Sean Ellis must have fallen so deeply in love with Metro Manila to depict it the way he did in this film. It captured the harsh reality of the great big city,… More