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Graceland Reviews

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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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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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Richard Kuipers
Variety
April 26, 2013
A potent combo of hostage thriller and high-impact morality play.
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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.
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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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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
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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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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
April 25, 2013
None of this could work without a stellar performance from Reyes, who anchors the film with distress and panic, but also with basic humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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.