Magnifico Reviews

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
November 4, 2004
Amiable, though much too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Adam Nayman
eye WEEKLY
October 30, 2004
That I bought into this transparent exercise in tear-jerking ... has as much to do with my own curious tolerance for subtitled excess as it does its own virtues of performance, scripting and direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
October 30, 2004
To western viewers, Magnifico plays more like a cultural document. It is fascinating to look at, but you are always out of the movie, and mostly to observe the details of emotional manipulation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 29, 2004
The very definition of sentimental overload. It's also impossible to resist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
October 29, 2004
De los Reyes's fluid compositions, dead-on pacing, and knack for eliciting naturalistic performances make the story uncommonly cathartic.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 29, 2004
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Anita Gates
New York Times
October 28, 2004
A modest but engaging Filipino tear-jerker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Globe and Mail
June 3, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Time Out
November 17, 2011
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
July 22, 2008
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August 17, 2007
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June 24, 2006
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