Ma' Rosa (2016)
Critic Reviews for Ma' Rosa
There's nothing profoundly original here, but there's no denying the atmosphere of squalid authenticity.
Even Tangerine, the movie famously shot on an iPhone 5s, looks better. Not that a sharper image would much improve this chaotic portrait of police corruption.
Boasting a simple, coherent plot shot with real-time, handheld verismo, it's a work of understated confidence ...
Brillante Mendoza-always less than brilliant-has clearly made it his mandate to project the ugliness of modern Manileño life by making films that embody said ugliness...
Understated, Ma' Rosa comes deprived of traumatic agony, but still bestows this in-your-face authenticity that keeps us interested.
Audience Reviews for Ma' Rosa
It looks poorly made and amateurish, unable to offer any actual insight into its protagonist and dragging with many long takes of people walking from one place to another instead of cutting straight to what matters, and it is more obvious and predictable than it thinks it is.
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