Ma' Rosa

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Average Rating: 3.7/5

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Ma'Rosa has four children. She runs a small grocery store in a poor district of Manila where everyone knows and appreciates . To make ends meet , she and her husband Nestor illegally sell narcotics. One day they were arrested. Facing corrupt police , Rosa's children will do anything to redeem the freedom of their parents.

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Critic Reviews for Ma' Rosa

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

  • There's nothing profoundly original here, but there's no denying the atmosphere of squalid authenticity.

    May 20, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • 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.

    May 19, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…

    Mike D'Angelo

    AV Club
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  • Ma'Rosa is made with control and clarity, a narrative purpose which is held on to despite an apparently aimless docu-style, and a clear sense of jeopardy.

    May 18, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Boasting a simple, coherent plot shot with real-time, handheld verismo, it's a work of understated confidence ...

    May 18, 2016 | Full Review…

    Maggie Lee

    Top Critic
  • Shot entirely on location, Ma' Rosa is so authentic you'll feel like you've spent a night in Manila: though you won't necessarily have enjoyed it.

    Apr 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • For a two-hour run time and with all the hype surrounding it, I was expecting more.

    Feb 14, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Carlos Magalhães
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