Magnifico (2003)



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Directed by Maryo de los Reyes, Magnifico is a sentimental family-oriented melodrama from the Philippines, written by Michiko S. Yamamoto as the first prize in a scriptwriting contest. Magnifico (Jiro Manio) is a young boy from the poor town of Lumban, Laguna, who tries to help out his parents (Albert Martinez and Lorna Tolentino) by raising money to bury his grandmother (Gloria Romero), who is dying of cancer. Meanwhile, his older brother (Danilo Barrios) loses his scholarship, and his sister … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Faith & Spirituality, Art House & International
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Written By: Michiko Yamamoto
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On DVD: Nov 1, 2005



as Magnifico

as Lola Magda

as Ka Doring

as Tessie

as Domeng

as Ria's Father

as Pracing
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Critic Reviews for Magnifico

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (8)

De los Reyes's fluid compositions, dead-on pacing, and knack for eliciting naturalistic performances make the story uncommonly cathartic.

Full Review… | October 29, 2004
Village Voice
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Director Maryo J. De los Reyes and writer Mitchiko Yamamoto shamelessly press viewers' emotional buttons. But the film is so well-made and the performances so accomplished that it doesn't matter.

October 29, 2004
New York Post
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A modest but engaging Filipino tear-jerker.

Full Review… | October 28, 2004
New York Times
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Full Review… | June 3, 2008
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
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Full Review… | July 22, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Magnifico

So terribly sweet and saddening. One of the few Philippino films that I have seen and it was a difficult watch at times.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Aside from presenting the usual scenario in a typical Filipino community, Magnifico is a heartfelt and beautiful tale about a seemingly little and insignificant boy who was able to touch the hearts of the people around him. Well-written screenplay, superb acting and direction, and its ability to appeal to its audience's emotion made this a jewel of Filipino filmmaking.

Maymay Asahan

Super Reviewer

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