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Graceland Reviews

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
May 3, 2013
The film feels increasingly exploitative as it becomes more overtly political, illustrating various forms of injustice with blunt, sensationalistic imagery.
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Andrew Schenker
Time Out
April 23, 2013
For all the alleged ethical complexity in this thriller's noirish narrative, everything's a little too neat here, from Marlon's ill wife acting as a motivator to the easy disgust generated from showing a room full of 14-year-old hookers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
April 23, 2013
Writer-director Ron Morales just misses equilibrium in the visually arresting Filipino thriller Graceland.
Nina Garin
San Diego Union-Tribune
April 28, 2013
Morales, who also wrote the script, knows how to pull at our heartstrings, especially with scenes involving child prostitutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Michael Treveloni
Film School Rejects
April 28, 2013
It's a fantastic thriller with outstanding performances that command attention.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Matt Shiverdecker
Paste Magazine
April 26, 2013
Take the worst day you've ever had at your job and multiply it by ten. That still probably won't compare with the day that Marlon Villar (Arnold Reyes) is having in Graceland.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.4/10
Alexander Lowe
We Got This Covered
April 26, 2013
Graceland is an extremely bleak, yet very interesting film, that builds suspense through a tight story and quality acting rather than gimmicks.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Leah Churner
Austin Chronicle
April 26, 2013
This is not a movie to see on a first date or with your family, but please do go see it, because Morales has pulled off something remarkable -- a fast-paced, tough, and twisty film that confronts real social problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matthew Odam
Austin American-Statesman
April 25, 2013
It is one of the bleakest movies you'll see all year, but its dramatic contours mark Morales as a filmmaker with the ability to craft a tight and unnerving story.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
April 26, 2013
A nerve-shredding Philippines-set thriller made with such skill that its low budget barely registers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
April 28, 2013
Graceland is a deceptively simple thriller with a smart setup and a cruelly efficient execution.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
April 23, 2013
Writer-director Ron Morales conjures an atmosphere of unpredictable live-wire dread throughout, which is an impressive accomplishment in these media-savvy days in which everyone has seemingly seen everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jordan Hoffman
ScreenCrush
September 23, 2012
The Phillipenes tourism board is, no doubt, less than pleased.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
May 1, 2013
Filipino-American filmmaker Ron Morales gets raw and real in a return to his cultural roots in teeming Manila for this sex trafficking thriller, though flirting with the boundaries between outrage and exploitation.
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
April 26, 2013
The social and economic pitfalls facing the vast urban underclass of Manila's sprawling metropolitan area are depicted with unflinching regard in Ron Morales' observant low-budget Filipino feature, a blend of ruthless crime drama and grim thriller.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 19, 2013
Watching writer/director Ron Morales' harrowing account of poor people's struggles in a violent and corrupt country is a sharp reminder of just how unrealistic entertainments like "Taken" really are.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 20, 2013
...a tough, gritty kidnap tome that pits underdog Marlon against ruthless kidnappers, a corrupt politician and equally corrupt cops all working their own agenda.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
April 26, 2013
A tense, twisty cinematic artichoke brimming with moral complexity and intriguing shades of gray.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
April 25, 2013
The sins of the fathers are visited upon their daughters in "Graceland," a tense and tough-minded family drama in which young girls are as likely to be victimized by plenty as by poverty.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
May 10, 2013
Graceland ... has a ruthlessness rarely attempted by its North American counterparts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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New York Times
May 2, 2013
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